To begin my thesis explorations, I decided to focus on why I feel that eyesight and visual perception are relevant to me.
I did a 20-minute sketch of a personal story.
Then, I sketched my proposed plan to go outside and try and capture the world a little differently than I might normally do.
It was Halloween – a chaotic evening in the Village. My goal was to go outside wearing glasses, and take them off at regular intervals to see what I could/couldn’t see – and then take some pictures that might capture the feeling of having less than perfect vision.
My photos of Halloween are below. Here are a couple of observations from the exercise:
- I can everything perfectly in the camera’s LCD display when I hold it in front of my face.
- Lights look awesome when you are near-sighted, but the huge blurs they create make it really difficult to see anything else.
- I’m more sensitive to sound when I can’t see very well.
- It’s terrifying to walk down the street unable to see where you’re going. Especially on Halloween amidst a merry crowd of costumed revelers.