Seeing the Light

How We See

Seeing is an act of perception that helps us to experience, learn, ascertain, and understand our world. An individual skill that is conditioned by our physical anatomy, culture, and education, seeing develops with exercise.

Our Western industrialized society is dependent on literacy to function. To be fully literate means that, just as it is necessary to learn to decipher messages that have been put into a written code or language, we must be able to interpret the coded information of pictorial language.

Figure 5.1 Judith Golden manually constructed this montage to question how the viewer sees a photograph. Borrowing from her own body of work, the artist assembled 2-inch square segments of digital and film photographs, ...

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