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VISION. eView


Sight, site, insight, perspective, outta sight, vision are all words that describe the sense of sight and vision. According to Diane Ackerman in A Natural History of the Senses, our eyes have separate mechanisms that gather light, pick out an important or novel image, focus it precisely, pinpoint it in space, and follow it; they work like top-flight stereoscopic binoculars. She includes the role of the sky in seeing the vastness and the role of weather on the visual images provided by the sky – a sunset, a storm. Seeing actually comes from the brain. We can picture scenes we have seen. We see vivid detail when we dream. Ackerman goes on in the chapter on vision to lift up the importance of light for vision and the role of color in what we see and what stands out. The gushing color of flowers signal springtime and summer when food is plentiful and all life is radiantly fertile. Our oneness with nature is evident. Notice the perspective shift as the relationship between flowers, implied beauty, food, and fertility. Perspective includes the relationship of aspects of a subject to each other and to a whole view or vista.


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