Parsons School of Design. Photography Department.
(sponsoring body)Lauren Pascarella
If I were to place a photograph of an object next to the actual object, what would you describe seeing? Perhaps one would note that it is a photograph of the said object. However, assuming that the photograph looks exactly the same as the object it represents, what are the cues that give the impression that it is a photograph? Perhaps it is the flatness of the object in question. Perhaps it is perceived in the movement of the 'photographic' object next to the actual object; the way in which, to the eye, the light, the colors, and the perspective of the object remain unchanged in movement. Perhaps it is a preconceived notion that the actual object could not appear or move in such a way, that it must be an illusion. These are the ways in which the inherent function of a camera and the basic characteristics of visual perception are inextricably linked.
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