How people see cropped pictures

Discussion in 'Philosophy' started by photoriot, May 30, 2016.

  1. The last illustration in this paper shows eye-tracking patterns for original and cropped versions of a classical painting:
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3170918/
    It somewhat confirms intuition, but also interesting to see an objective report of how an image is seen (which in turn is filtered through your own seeing process).
     
  2. Sorry, the crop-related picture is in Figure 4, but the last one is interesting too.
     
  3. Bill, what do you find surprising or useful about any of this? Eyes move around. What would be a plausible alternative?
     
  4. Julie, I guess if you're not curious about *how* eyes move, it wouldn't be interesting. Did you see the pics in the appendix, where they show how 10 different people looked at the picture?
     
  5. movement. That alone makes it interesting in context of a 2d viewing experience. The eye movement through an art piece is worthy of consideration to some artists. It is to me. rhythm, pacing, speed, connectivity, or how it makes me feel, at ease, uncomfortable, embrace, reject, upbeat, ponder,captivate) ...sway or jump. quiet or loud.
    When we create a piece we can make a concious decision to influence a viewers eye movement. Why? When creating I sometimes like to have some control over the viewers interaction with the work. Knowing that there is 'physical' movement in the viewing of stationary photographs is special. Influencing eye movement entices me. It is not a catchall, one size fits all. But it can inform and begin to influence the way you (I) see through the lens.
    Eye Movement a fact of the viewing experience is also a tool.
     
  6. I'm acutely aware of my own eye movements when I look at a photo, and this guides me as to how I crop or clone certain details that seem to move the eyes in unwanted directions. Doesn't everybody do this?
     

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