Depicting Space In Imagery – More To It Than Meets The Eye


There is something very fundamental about the three dimensional space that we occupy as humans. I didn’t really start thinking that much about it until I had an amazing discussion with neuroscientist Sue Barry [author of Fixing My Gaze http://www.fixingmygaze.com ]. Her sudden ability at middle age to see in 3D was an emotionally charged event in her life. It was stereovision that, for the first time in her life, put her into an environment and made it possible for her to understand the relationships things have to one another. And to understand those things in a way that was not intellectual but fundamental — to be experienced just as touch and taste are experienced.

Most of us intuitively understand space and dimensionality and take it for granted. We fundamentally “know” it exists – it is around us all of the time and we know it is there because we see it and experience it through our brain’s vision system. We see a ball coming toward us and can interpret the things that we need to do to catch that ball. And that ability comes to us in a way that we don’t even think about it. In an instant, we can determine the size of the ball, the texture of the ball, it’s inertia tells us about its density and weight and the force that it will likely hit us with. If we see it is a metal heavy ball coming at us at high speed we instantly know to duck and get out of the way because it would certainly hurt if it hit us. A balloon with little weight coming at us at the same speed merely takes a poke with a finger to bounce it in another direction.

My point is that the ability to perceive space provides a rich database of information that goes deep beyond what we consciously realize. And I believe it goes even deeper than my illustration above demonstrates. Interpreting the space that we occupy tells us things about ourself that stirs the imagination and contemplation of our existance. That we can see ourselves occupying space and verify that through sound and touch and our other senses – that gives direction and purpose to our thoughts. Indeed, our intuitive understanding of space is so ingrained that when we see images without space we can infer the space that is missing within the flat image. Think about it!  We have such a deeply rooted sense of how space exists around us that when we see a flat photograph we can use our mind’s eye to interpret it.

Now, here’s the meat and potato part… When we look at a flat photograph, we interpret it. We don’t experience it. We can’t because it doesn’t depict spatial relationships. But add the depiction of space with a multi perspective image and there is a fundamental shift. The image can be experienced and a rush of information can be intuitively gleened from it that is exponential in nature as compared to imagery that can only be referentially interpreted.  But… !!!  If that depiction of space deviates from what we have experienced over the course of our lives, that experience can be extremely disruptive in tens of thousands of different ways. Yet, most only think of that disruption in terms of less than 1/2 dozen issues that we directly perceive and which manifest with some level of physical discomfort like a headache or nausea. That’s like looking at 6 leaves and describing the Sequoia National Park.

As we start to create imagery that depicts space – when that depiction deviates from reality — that is a very big deal. Whether it is good or bad, I can’t say. All I can give opinion to is that it is exponentially more important than we think. When I take great care to match color, depth, resolution and size I notice that my photographs transition from being novel and a curiosity to look at – to an experience that is fundamental to being human. They become fascinating and engaging in a way that describes a real life experience. It is possible to experience empathy and even transferrence when looking at an AMPED 3D photograph that has high levels of resolution and accuracy. A claim that I don’t make lightly and one that I’m sure many will laugh off as mumbo jumbo. But my pictures are a window into the very essence of what reality is. That they represent a frozen moment of time makes them special in a way that is beyond description.

Photography has always been an important tool to document something of historical significance. I submit that a photograph that accurately depicts space and reality takes us far beyond a referential interpretation to a place of experience and empathy. A true understanding that goes to the essence of being human. To quote Vice President Joe Biden: This is a big [expletive] deal!

My AMPED 3D tattoo photography has fully captured my imagination and I can’t wait for all of you to see my exhibition and experience what I am experiencing! My discoveries have exceeded my expectations to such a degree that I have now found my life’s work and see its importance in ways very unexpected. One can indeed learn much by looking closely at moments of time and space. With AMPED 3D photography there is the chance to witness the diversity of emotion and being —  to increase our understanding of what it is to be human.

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