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I just realized something amusing. The second picture in my "Big Dragoon" post, below, might have been too small for you to read—especially if you didn't click on it and look at the 800-pixel-wide version (the largest the blogging software allows).
When you see something "as figure" or "as figuration," you see a shape that isn't there, or a positive as a negative, or an illusion of some sort, as when you see a vase in the well known "two faces or a vase" illusion. M.C. Escher made a career of this.
It's possible to see my statue picture too much as figure, so that the strong white thumblike or torpedo-like shape at the top dominates the brain (you might want to squint as you look at this):
So perhaps it might help you to see what I see when I look at the small JPEG, based on what my brain knows was there and what is obvious in larger, more detailed versions:
Now that you know what it "should" be, glance back at the top version and see if your brain fills in the blank for you, making the thumblike or mushroom-like shape recede in importance.
My original picture had Mary's face in profile, so the figuration is instantly readable. I chose a frame from a different angle because it was exposed better. But I couldn't see how it might read incorrectly, because my brain knew what to expect.
If I manage to get out tonight before dark with the Nikon, I might try to re-do this picture while there's a little more ambient light and see what happens.
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