What Do You See?
Walking in the woods nearby a few months ago I came across this:
Then not long ago I came across this whilst walking in some woods in Scotland:
Makes you wonder how our brains are constantly assessing, filtering and labelling what we see in the world.
And that really everything we see is our own perception of reality, not necessarily reality itself. Simply put, where one person sees a snake and danger, another sees a tree branch and safety.
The same applies to art. What we see in a painting is our own perception of that painting. We can recognise shapes and label them as things, for example, a round shape can be an apple. But what if you never learnt that that particular shape was an apple, but an orange instead?
Who would be right in this instance?
There is no right and wrong in art and creativity. What there is is our interpretation, understanding and perception – based on learnings from society, culture, family, friends, inner knowing and so forth. We are each an unique individual.
Going back to the first image above and bearing in mind what I’ve just written, I think I’ll stick to my initial thought and say it’s a snake. And why not? It makes my “reality” more fun!
How do you see things in the world around you? How can you look at things differently? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.