The Eyes of Art & Science
Is it very simple to understand what one feels when one see's something that no one else will? It is a very interesting discussion. First the eye see what it wants to see.
There is a part in our eyes called the Vitreous humor ( a Retina supporting, gel like substance), this is where the light is focused. Once the retina receives the image from which the cornea focuses on, through the internal lens. this is then converted into chemical electrical messages that are carried by the optical nerve to the brain. So that was a little scientific I suppose?
So I did a little research (Since I am a scientist, not in this field - but should it stop me?). One of the most important concepts in the sub-field of cognitive neuroscience is our ability to empathize. This is that of Imitation.
It is understood that imitation is a part of us that allows us to embrace and feel empathy. When one see's that someone is sad or happy, it activates sad and happy muscles in us evoking the exact same feeling towards that particular person respectively. However, if you do not feel anything, its simply that your relationship with that person/subject is restrained. These are caused by neurons in our body known as the mirror neurons. these are activated in the vision of the person who is observing another person/object that is visually active, show facial expression, emotions, and or movement. In photography, we see all of the above and we mirror emotions into the photographs that we take. This depiction of a still image is spoken very truly of what is 'stand-still' in front of the photographer. So when the objective matter is happy, we take photos that depict happiness. when the subject express mood and intimacy, we adjust our photographs to depict that. When the subject is awkward and confused, sadly we also end up photographing those emotions. All these work more naturally in photo-journalism, however this is all very dependent of the situation.
The mirror neurons were first discovered in the early 90's by Italian researchers who were investigating the role of the brain regions during muscle activation.
Clients are most likely to understand, we as photographers only reflect what is shown to us. We stand in front of you as a mirror. What is given to us, is kindly given to you. Although we tend to exaggerate and transform the Images with technical tools known as "post-production aka Editing", the base must be as good as the rest.
In photography what we capture is a collection of influences that is based on the judgment of someone's emotional state, goals and desires - this is how we engage with them. As part of the mirror neurons and the theory of mind, we are evolved to function in a state of mind to have the vision to feel and capture these emotions as an emotional response.
Not only has photography been an important factor in our life to allow us empathize, motivate others and encourage the communication and to connect with people from all over the world in photographs that speak for the world, speak for the couple, speak for the nature or speak for an individual but also a platform to grow.
We continue to understand humans, our own kind. We are still eager to know how one feels when one looks into their eyes, just as they step into their wedding vows. We wait for the right moment, as we know how one would react to certain situations and snap! We continuously look for beauty in everything we live for.
I'll end by saying photography is beautifully woven in the words and visions of Art & Science.
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