Changes in Perception
I once did a lecture to a bunch of students on Visual Perception and Image Manipulation in relation to Radiographic Imaging (or simply how we look at X-ray images). While putting this lecture together I spent a lot of time exploring the way we perceive images. I looked at the history and the theories from the Ecological approach, Gestalt Theories and Computational theories. Now stay with me on this it will make sense in 1619 Christoph Scheiner observed the image formed in the Retina of the eye. This image appears inverted (upside down). However we interpret images as the correct way up because our brain reads them as such.
Yesterday I spend some time backing up some Photographs from 2005 I uploaded these images from CD up to my One drive. I’ve not seen these pictures for quite a while. There’s 500 or so I’ve done so far and I was flicking through them and they show many times and day’s out when my Wife was a lot better health wise. One of the noticeable things is how large I am then. What’s interesting at the time I did not really notice it, even when I showed them to Mrs ROE today she said she couldn’t remember me being that big back then. I also have a picture of me 3 years earlier with my Niece and I must be over 100 pounds lighter. So in 3 short years I have gained a large amount of weight.
A year ago I saw some images of me when I was bigger and I couldn’t get past my size and how I looked. Now though I look at these images from 2005 and remember the day’s out I had with my now wife. I remember being on the Isle of Wight (those that know me know my Island obsession that’s why I live on one) and having a lovely day. My size in those pictures does not now destroy memories of very happy times as it would have a year ago.
Time moves on we can’t change that as human beings we constantly change and develop. We cannot rewrite what has gone before. We can though move forward and not let how we look at ourselves back then effect the good memories of the past. In the same way we cannot correct crimes of Fashion or Hair style we cannot change our weight or the way we looked in the past. We can though look past the surface and remember the things that matter the smiles the laughter a cat trying to pretend he didn’t just fall off the arm of a chair. The Gestalt theory of visual perception says that ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts’ this is true. When I look back at those pictures now the one element my weight is not the whole experience but just a small part of some very happy days.