The Picturesque and the Kodak Moment

The optics employed by the Picturesque meet with the rules of taking pictures according to Kodak. Both develop what Martin Jay calls "Cartesian perspectivialism"—an abstraction that transforms the land into a landscape for the viewer. Students can use web design and MOOs to examine the way of seeing mapped by the Picturesque and Kodak aesthetics. They can then re-think picturesque representation and consider other means of representing the land that fall outside this way of engaging with one's surroundings.