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On seeing, sight, and experience...

The Problem with RAW format thread links to a huge scientific discussion on TIFFs and such.

I was bored and tired, and did a little bit of web-snooping to see what else might be linked to that article, and discovered this really interesting piece about a man who was blind most of his life, and his experiences with experiencing the visual world for the first time at age 50ish.

Check it out here

As a visually-oriented group, this should be most interesting to a lot of us.

by Jack Howard at 2006-02-05 10:18:30 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Somerville NJ , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

jack, its a very interesting article and ive only started. I might also, appropos of your link, to direct members to some of the work and essaies that Oliver Sacks (this he contributed a great article on blindness in the New Yorker: readers should hunt down his book on sight…..about people who’ve lost their sight, people whove regained their sight, people who’ve lived with and without visual cues—fascinating) has written regarding the blind….Im legally blind, (i cannot see out of my right eye) and I can tell you that most people misunderstand "sight" and "blindness" in a deeply profound way. Your link’s wonderful…I wish to remind members about the work of blind photographer Evgen Bavcar…



I would love if more photographers thought hard about what it means "to see"….

thanks for the link Jack

by [former member] | 06 Feb 2006 10:02 (ed. Feb 6 2006) | Toronto, Canada | | Report spam→

Without corrective lenses, my world is very interesting.

My fascination with Macro work, with extremely shallow DOF is due to the fact that without corrective lenses, I have a plane of critical focus that is about 1 inch deep about 6 inches in front of my eyes. Beyond that, it is all soft…

For subjects that are a bit farther away, it’s all like a pinhole…

Does any photo style of yours mimic your natural/non-corrected eyesight shortcomings?

by Jack Howard | 06 Feb 2006 10:02 (ed. Feb 6 2006) | Somerville NJ, United States | | Report spam→
Jack: great question and I love your examples…to answer your question: yes, absolutely! :)))…will write more about this later…I hope more photographers join the discussion: great! :))))…cheers, bob

by [former member] | 06 Feb 2006 11:02 | Toronto, Canada | | Report spam→
Cool article. You can learn quite a bit about seeing from less extreme cases too. My mum, for example, has her own way to seeing, and if she sees one of my pictures sometimes she can’t make out what it “means”. I think she expects to see everything from eye level, with a plane of vision which is horizontal. So she can look at a picture which to me is really clear, and has recognisable (to me) elements in it, people, buildings, whatever, but if the camera is tilted or at floor level I have to point out what the picture is of and why I took it.

So as photographers, are we taking pictures to communicate with a wide range of people, without language barriers etc, or are we just having fun with vision? If a picture needs a caption for 80% of the population to understand it, are we failing to communicate clearly? Or are we communicating a feeling first, and anything else is secondary? And why is it that most photographers I know have well developed sense of direction, an ability to navigate 2 and 3 dimensional space, that many other people don’t have? And do you ever look at someone elses’s pictures and just not visually “get” them?

by John Perkins | 06 Feb 2006 12:02 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→

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