Monday, April 13, 2015

Visual Interpretation...A Mind's Eye?

Visual perception is tricky business.  As the famous quote goes, "I can only recognize in an image what I already know". Hence, previous knowledge and experience plays an important role in the interpretation process.  Is art an illusion or truth; perhaps both.  Scientific studies support the theory that our visual systems remain too limited to digest and interpret all the information that our eyes take in.  So our mind takes a shortcut and chooses the most likely interpretation of what we see.

So what do you see in this first image?  What is your eye seeing and brain interpreting? Is it an aerial view of snow on mountain summits, or the same perspective on crashing waves below you?  

Taking the same image above and changing the orientation to the original perspective, you can clearly see a blue sky saturated with puffy clouds playfully sweeping across the horizon. You've heard the quote, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder".  But in reality perhaps the real eye of the beholder is the brain itself.  Taking this theory a bit further, as an artist challenge yourself to view things differently or present images in more non-traditional orientations to shake things up and awaken the eye and brain of the viewer.

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