Sunday, April 3

The Eyes Have It

The eye of the camera sees only those things chosen by the photographer. Its iris opens and closes on demand with predetermined speed and aperture, to capture upside down shapes on its retina. The human eyes and brain behind the lens use imagination to produce the completed picture; they have final control of the image.

These 55 words were written for One Stop Poetry who have today featured the work of photographer India Hobson.

17 comments:

  1. how true that and we filter and col;or our perception to fit our world view...

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  2. Photoshop helps too! Nice tight 55

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  3. Amazing our human visual process. In addition to being a wonderful artistic tool, I think the camera is also a great metaphor for it. Makes me think of sensory disorders and how everything processes things differently, sighted or blind. Excellent 55.

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  4. great take on the window to the soul of the camera!it's also a functioning entity.great insight.

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  5. Very clever, deep stuff. i struggle with flash55.

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  6. Yes, indeed, everything comes to us through the senses, and through our own lens. Sometimes, just as upside down as the camera's. Well said.

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  7. I always thought it was the other way around, that the camera sees only what the photographer WANTS it to.

    Beautifully written!

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  8. You are definitely right, its all in the power of the photographer who determines how it all comes across.

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  9. That is why beauty is sometimes captured amongst a tragedy. I'm thinking of the horror captured on film of the Japan tragedy - some of the images are breathtaking...

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  10. The camera is an amazng tool that can hold us spell bound over time...the eye of the photographer - a beautiful art...bkm

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  11. There is somethign about the photo that says it is about more than just the subject -- and you explained why. Nice one.

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  12. Love the comparison between the camera's eye and human eyes. Very nice.

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  13. Yes,we have final control, in a manner of speaking, of the images we see, but one questions whether we have control over the filters that censor them. This is a profound observation in your 55 words.

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  14. we all think the camera never lies, eh? nicely written piece

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  15. I love this kind of plane beauty, in other words I would like to admit a beatiful face without make up. Simply great.
    eye lift

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  16. Perhaps not FINAL control... but a splendid piece of writing. Well done.

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