Monday, December 19, 2011

What do you see?

I've been thinking about perspective lately. I'm fascinated by the backstory or process by which perspective and perception are formed, given our unique personalities, values, experiences, and influences. How does perspective differ from perception? Does one exist without the other?

Simple guiding definitions:
perspective: view or vista; a mental view or outlook.
perception: the process, act, or faculty of perceiving; recognition and interpretation of sensory stimuli based chiefly on memory.

Look at this photograph. What do you see? Does your relationship with the subject(s) influence your perspective? Your perception? What about the body language? And how does the head position and eye contact of the subjects add to your perception of the moment as it was captured?

I'm interested in your perspective and perception, how you differentiate them, and how they play out for you as you look at the this photograph. Care to share?

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