Visual Assignments

Places of Peace

Create a collage of photos with all of your favorite spots where you feel relaxed or at peace. This should include at least four photos and can be places on-campus, at home, or maybe a spot you found while traveling. Then post the college to twitter.

The life of a Superhero

What do they do when they’re not superhero-ing? Probably laundry, or getting the oil changed, or any of the other myriad mundane chores we all have to do. Make an image of a superhero in an everyday life situation.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane

Have you ever seen that picture that *might* be the loch ness monster, but it’s probably just a floating log? Well now it’s your turn to perpetuate a myth – the myth of superheroes. Go out and take a picture of something that you know isn’t a superhero, but could be. Is that Superman, or just a bird? Is that Antman, or do I you need to do abetter job cleaning the kitchen? Who’s to say?

Shadow of a Doubt

Take a photograph incorporating shadows as the subject. You don’t have to be a professional photographer, just observe how light and shadow appear in unique and interesting ways. Look at the shadows cast by window blinds on skin or by leaves on a sidewalk or by people. Shadows change in length and darkness depending on the time of day. Shadows can tell you a lot about the actual object being photographed or nothing at all. Tell a story with your picture.

Cipher Typography Photo Images

Using the concepts of typography and silhouetted images, create a set of two visuals using only letters of the alphabet in different letter sizes and colors. In cryptology, ciphers like “asdfghjk” can be decoded as messages like “password”. Therefore, create two dual visuals of the same image – one with the cipher gibberish, and one with a decoded message! This can be done either as a digital image collage or using newspapers/other resources to form the visual photos. Additional improvisation is welcomed – underlay a photo under your cipher typographic images, etcetera!

Who Said What

Find a picture of any secret agent you would like, preferrably a fairly well-known one. Next, pick a quote from a similar secret agent character. Finally, attribute said quote to a third similar character. You want the characters you chose to be well-known but also similar enough that people would confuse them with one another.


Use photo editing software of your choice to splice pairs of pictures into single images.  Play with scale in delightful ways.  See artist Stephen McMennamy’s great collection.

Create a silly Movie Poster

Take an exisiting movie poster and make it look silly. My final project involved an Ewok who wanted to be in a movie with Arnold Schwarzengger. This is his idea of a poster.

The Civil War Photo

Take your best Civil War era photo. Take a picture of yourself in a very stale pose (like you have never had a picture taken in your life) and then edit it afterwards in some sort of grunge black and white style to make it look old. If you want to be very clever, try and make the enviroment around you fit the Civil War era theme of the photo.

We’re the Real Life Brady Bunch!

Most everyone has seen the infamous picture of The Brady Bunch where everyone in the family is showcased in their own personal box. Now it’s your turn!! Whether your actual family or your close group of friends, make a collage mimicking the picture shown below. Be creative with the title. Make the title alliteration either with your last name or somesort of name you wish to call your group. In your post, explain why you chose the people you did in your collage.