In this course, students will develop a solid foundation in visual theory and environmental theory, responding through the practice of photography. Part of class will be devoted to discussing readings drawn from visual theory, cultural studies, media studies, and the environmental humanities. We will consider visual and narrative conventions of representing nature, and explore ways of breaking these conventions in order to tell fresh and engaging stories. The course will involve fieldtrips to local sites where students will respond to course readings through writing and taking photographs. We will consider historical perspectives on the practice of photography as a technology and an art; students are encouraged to “think” with their camera. We will engage in weekly peer-review of each other’s photographs and writings, graded on completion and how students see concepts or themes from the week’s readings informing their work. Other assignments will include an essay (7 pages), and an online portfolio of the student’s photographs with an accompanying written statement (3 pages). **Students will be expected to bring a camera for use in class, which can be their own or one borrowed from UCSB.