The more I look at this photograph the less I understand.
Susan says, “There’s a confounding bit of deception in this photograph. My mind says, this guy is skating down a long shiny tube. He’s coming close to the very end and he’ll need to jump out. But the longer, I look the less I believe my eyes. Things begins to look quite different from what my brain tells me I am seeing. The idea of the tube disappears. If it wasn’t for the skater, I’d be convinced I was looking a a silvery, flat oval shape set in an intricately tiled background. What’s up? Optical illusion? A trick of light? Magical skater? Maybe Lucia knows. Wait! Let’s ask her.”
Lucia says, “Oh my! This is terrific. Since I was there and made this photo, I know the reality of this scene. But Susan has opened up a whole new world with her take on it. This is a perfect example of what the mind’s eye can influence. Now instead of a reality piece, ‘seeing ideas’ this is the essence of this photo. I don’t want to ruin it by telling you which of Susan’s scenarios is correct. You decide what you think you see. Maybe your mind’s eye sees something else entirely. Does it? Let us know.”
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