Visual Rhetoric & Design/Wellbeing
After watching the rhetoric and design video, looking at the visual wellbeing slides, and reading over the Norman article, I decided to post the “Japanese Garden” picture, which is located on the RIT campus for this week’s illustration.
The picture taken shows a green front with a nice art sculpture and pond in the middle. The brick and blue sky adds great color contrast. There is a good use of shadows on the left to highlight the waterfall.
I believe that this photo represents energeia and eudamonia after reviewing the slides. Some of these characteristics include giving pleasure to the viewer and fulfillment. This area located on campus in between the buildings brings a nice view to the campus. It is beautiful to look at and really fulfills the students passing by or stopping to look at the breathtaking view. It also evokes a sense of wonder as the human’s imagination may drift off on them when gazing into the area. It is a great place to relax and get away.
I believe that his “Japanese Garden” is well designed when relating it back to the Norman article. This garden was not naturally produced and it did not just show up. It was designed by a bunch of architects and put between the Eastman and Gannett building. However, over time it has grown into the beautiful area making it seem like it is not even part of RIT. It is a nice area to have because when a student or faculty member is having a long, busy, or tough day, they can simply head over to the garden to ‘get away’ from everything going on. The boulders that serve as rocks are a good place for one to sit down along with the benches off from the pond and to the left (not shown in this photo). The placement for this is great. To have it located in between buildings really makes it easy for anyone to step away for a few moments and to unwind. There were two young college students, Leslie and Kelcy, sitting next to the pond when I snapped this photo. I explained to them the assignment I was doing and asked them, “Why the Japanese Garden?” They agreed with each other when they said, “It is just a nice place to get away from the busy grind of a college student. It feels like it we aren’t even at RIT when we come here to relax for a few minutes.” I agreed with them and their comments were just another reason to back the points I mentioned earlier while agreeing with Norman because he to would argue that this was a good design and placement on the campus of RIT.