[DAY 4] Illusions to the Human Eyes

Today marks my 12th week at home, with minimal interactions with human beings, minimal conversations, and lots of feelings just for myself. But it’s nice. It has been sunny. The sky has been clear blue. And I just can’t think of anything else I would want more than j-u-s-t t-h-i-s.

I went to the park. It’s Zuanich Point Park. It’s right by the water and from there you can have this open view. Trees on one side. Boats on the other. The water was brown-green and complemented well the blue sky above.

The best part: All the kites. They look so fun and lively. I couldn’t really tell what their shape are, but Emily pointed out one is a jellyfish, another is like a snicker bar, and the stars, too. My photo is not the best, and as usual I didn’t bother retaking a nicer one. So please take my words for how beautiful they were in the sky.

They look just as big as Sam when up there, but when people were putting their kites away, I was surprised by how huge they were. It would take me a lot of effort to pull them down, that’s for sure, because they are as tall as me and some were even bigger than me.

And at that moment, I was aware of how bad I am at scaling and how lazy my brain is when it comes to looking at things in perspective. I didn’t even care to think that they might be bigger when I get closer to them.

This reminds me of the 3-D Heuristic question. A snapshot of it is displayed below.

Most people will answer that the guy on the right is larger than the guy on the left, and that is not the right answer if you take the ruler and actually measure the size of each figure. However, because the 3-D impression of the corridor drawn in perspective was so overwhelming, instead of recognizing the actual size of each figure, our minds substitute the 2-D size with the 3-D size in which the leftmost figure was both furthest away and largest.

From my understanding, we believe objects that are farther are smaller not because they ACTUALLY are, but because we put those objects in perspective. The impression of the world surround us is so irresistible that it just doesn’t make sense to think of them as their actual size.

And that leads my curiosity to come up with one question: are there people who are not “tricked” by perspective but rather accurate about sizes of objects no matter how far away they are? Is it true that the majority of them do art for a living or visual artists and experienced photographers? Or am I just asking nonsense questions?

Published by Thi Le


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