Note: This article is an educational tool intended to improve the understanding of aesthetics. It is not about a particular aesthetic.
Visuals are images that comprise an aesthetic. Humans naturally create memories and connotations with imagery due to personal experience, consuming fiction, and looking at photos and reading accounts of others' experiences. These images evoke complex emotions and feelings of beauty when looked at. This emotional process is often subconscious and subjective, with every person having their interpretation and preferences. Images are then connected to others as they can coexist within the same space and situation; have relevance within a person or community's experience; and have similar visual qualities with each other. This category is very broad and includes locations, activities, artistic works, and objects. For clothing, see Fashion.
This "web" of related images with emotional value is what an aesthetic is. As there are millions of objects in the universe, these webs are a small sliver of what the world is and does not need to involve all the categories below.
Lighting evokes emotions in an image by creating connotations associated with specific times of day, locations, and primal emotions (as in associating darkness with fear).
Historical, Social, & Regional Context
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Stages of Life
Different situations are associated with different stages of life. Thus, visuals that appear in these different situations become connected to these life stages and has gained emotional significance because of memory and emotion.
The urban/rural spectrum is a description of how dense the population is in a given area.
In urban aesthetics, evidence of human activity, such as businesses, graffiti, and art, are an integral part. One of the appeals of living in a city is the constant sense that there are people co-existing with oneself.
Seasons often play a strong role in aesthetics due to practical reasons. Nature is highly dependent on seasons, so aesthetics that center around plants would have to either change according to the season or associate themselves with a season in which the natural phenomenon would occur.