Saturday, September 25, 2010


09.25.10, originally uploaded by colemama.

Indulge me in another beach skyline....Tonight's sunset seems pretty ominous with the lingering rain clouds, but the glimpse of pinky salmon is convincing not only in its background layers, but also in its vague reflected tint in the indigo waters. Sunsets have always been a inviting draw for their color and interesting cloud shapes, but they are even more exquisite for their layers - the foreground and the background.

The study of perception includes the organization of figure and ground - the typical optical illusion of seeing the vase or the two profile faces or the old hag/young lady illusion. Naturally, we depend on that perceptual concept to make sense of our world, but in the daily environment, the richness is truly enhanced by the ability to see and deal with the layers. Layers offer that third dimension - one of complexity and value - difficult to capture in a two dimensional photograph, but for which one aspires since it better represents our 'real' world! 4th Ave N & Gulf of Mexico, Naples, FL

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