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Wednesday, 25 October 2017


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Historical notes and articles from your years of photo writing are wonderful. Many of us share the experience of those times. Yet that experience got quickly integrated into subsequent steps in our photographic and personal maturation. Your abstracts remind us if places, times and ideas that we may have simply consumed and moved on.

These articles remind us of the vitality of thoughts that have brought us to where we are. I am always curious to see how those thoughts predict or support what we do today and whether they bridge the fillm to digital movement, futher clarifying what is essential to photography.

Interesting article, Mike. ... I'd wager a high percentage of artists sense and perceive the world differently than the population at large.

Chuck Close has severe prosopagnosia (face blindness). I have a moderate case. My wife saves me from potentially embarrassing moments. There've been times I haven't recognized my father.

I'm convinced Piet Mondrian was red/green color blind. I don't recall seeing green in his paintings. Fact: he covered the windows while traveling on trains so as not to have to "see" green trees and grass.

I have monocular vision. Although I see with both eyes, I do not perceive depth. The neural pathways from both eyes to the visual cortex never formed (my visual acuity and color perception is above average). I don't perceive depth. It's impossible for my brain to process information from both eyes simultaneously, so I alternate, probably around 30 Hertz.

I cannot bat a ball or catch a pop fly. Trying to play racquetball or squash is futile. On the flip side, seeing in two dimensions rather than three lends a certain "look" to my photography.

Many of my visual artist friends are dyslexic, synesthetes, or color blind.

I have a mild case of synesthesia (my daughter's is extreme). I associate numbers with colors: zero is transparent, one appears as a line drawn with a #2 pencil, 2 is pewter, three is yellow, four is green, five is sky blue, six is purple, seven is rust, 8 is black, and nine is orange.

Interesting, my synesthesia has faded over time. I now only associate numbers such as 33, 44, 55, 66, and 77 with color.

It wasn't until one of my professors in graduate school observed I had monocular vision. That revelation led to a lifelong interest in visual sensation and perception--first in humans, later dogs.

Over the past few years, I've been experimenting with flicker rate-how many frames per second do humans process. I've concluded the brain is highly plastic and flicker rates vary depending on the situation. Flicker rates vary from person to person, think bell curve

Ted William's flicker rate aided his ability to hit home runs. Perhaps he could see the red stitching on baseballs traveling at 90 mph.

These sound excellent! Hope they work well for the site as a whole and you as well.

Down in south Louisiana, whence I hail, the baker's dozen is referred to as lagniappe, which translates as "a little something extra".

So I'm looking forward to some lagniappe on Friday!

Forget the dozens of employees and world dominion (although it's good to aim high...)

Did you ever actually hire the assistant that you mentioned a few times that you would?

[I had big plans at one time to hire Ailsa McWhinnie to be a managing editor. Unfortunately her salary needs were beyond my capacities at the time. Currently I've promised to hire an assistant (part time) if the number of Patreon contributors ever reaches 1,000. So far there are 467 Patreon contributors. (And that is REALLY helping, by the way, so huge thanks to all.) --Mike]

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