How many seagulls are in the photograph? Where do you see them?
Which seagull stands out the most? What makes it stand out? Are
all the seagull forms real birds, or are some of them shadows? How
do you know?
Jane Tuckerman wanted to convey a sense of mystery in this photograph.
What is mysterious about this photograph? How did Tuckerman create
these mysterious effects? Why do you think the artist decided not
to give this photograph a title What title would you give this photograph?
Jane Tuckerman, Untitled
This photograph shows us a scene from a bird's-eye
view. Why do you think Tuckerman chose this viewpoint? How does
this viewpoint add to the sense of mystery in the photograph? What
would this scene look like from a fish's-eye view? An insect's-eye
view? A giant's-eye view?
Canal from Palazzo Flangini To Palazzo Bembo
What has Jane Tuckerman done to create a sense of depth in this
photograph? In what way is this photgraph similar to the painting
of the Grand Canal by Canaletto?
How is it different? Compare the perspective in this photograph
to that in Canaletto's painting. Which artwork is more realistic?
Is it clear what is happening in Tuckerman's photograph? In what
ways does this photograph challenge the imagination of its viewers?
| ART ACTIVITY
Find a high place such as the top of a tall building or hill. Draw
the scene below you (a bird's eye view). Then return to ground-level
and draw the same scene. In what ways do the two drawings differ?
What might you do to your drawings to give them a mysterious feeling?
| ART ACTIVITY
Photographers like Jane Tuckerman constantly make choices about photographic
effects. Take a series of pictures of the same object, varying the
viewpoint you use, the time of day, and, if possible, the shutter
speed you use. Pick a large object outside such as a tree, swing set,
or small building. Take a photograph of the object from several different
viewpoints: up above, below, eye level, sideways, or a strange angle.
Study your photographs after they have been developed. How does the
perspective from which you took the picture affect the appearance
of the object? Does the size or shape of the object appear distorted
in any of the photographs?
| LANGUAGE ART ACTIVITY
It's a Mystery
Write a mystery story about the place pictured in this photograph,
using clues in the photograph for your story. Describe the sights
and smells of this place. What is the season? What kind of day is
it? Is it noisy or quiet? If you could enter the place in the photograph,
what sounds would you hear?
What mysterious event might take place here?
- Perception and Perspective
Distance, height and perspective are all important elements which
add to the mystery of Tuckerman's photograph. Which end of the
beach appears furthest away? Measure the width of the beach on
the furthest end, then measure the width on the nearest end. How
much smaller is the end which appears furthest away? Are there
any other places in this photograph where this same thing occurs?
Pick a spot in a large room. With your arm outstretched and a
ruler or tape measure in hand, measure how high an object in the
distance appears to be from where you are standing. Measure the
distance from where you are standing to the object. Move closer.
Measure the height of the object again. How does the height of
the object appear to change as you move closer to it? What can
you conclude about how the human eye perceives objects in the
- The View from Above
Jane Tuckerman's photograph shows us a landscape from a "bird's-eye
view." A bird's-eye view is a view from up above, as if you were
a bird in flight. Take a new look at the objects below by drawing
them in a bird's-eye view (the first one is done for you). Maps
use a bird's-eye view to show us where things are. Make a map
of a room at home or school, drawing all the objects from a bird's
| MOVEMENT/DRAMA ACTIVITY
What kinds of words would you use to convey the mood of Tuckerman's
photograph? How would you say them to express this mood? Would you
speak loudly or softly? What kinds of gestures would you use? What
facial expressions would you use?
Have you traveled in an airplane and experienced a bird's-eye view
looking at the ground from the air? What did you notice? What patterns
of color, shape, and line did you see? Study aerial
view maps and patterns of topography. Make a topographical map of
your city or state. What patterns do you notice in the way the land
is laid out? Which patterns are natural and which are made by humans?
SOCIAL STUDIES ACTIVITY
Experiments with aerial photography in the late 1850s provided a
totally new image and experience of the landscape. In what way did
the introduction of aeriel photography change the way scientists
view the landscape? What do you think Christopher Columbus would
have thought of aeriel photographs? How might they have changed
people's ideas about the world in his time? How have pictures taken
by astronauts or satellites in space changed scientists' views about
view from the sky of the landscape or objects below, same as birds-eye-view.
from above as if by a flying bird, same as aerial view.
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