Since "seeing" is a combination of the biological components of vision and the processing of that information, it does not lend itself easily to study using a reductionist approach. Rather I am forced to acknowledge that a holistic approach is required which incorporates both the biological aspects and information processing aspects of "seeing" when producing an image. I conclude that the landscape views that I find so fascinating msut be the result of an emergent phenomena that results from the interplay of light and color interacting with visual processing creating something greater than the simple sum of its parts.
When addressing the information processing aspects of "seeing" I have no objective method for measuring what others see. Instead I'm forced to post the image and measure others response to what was created. While this semi-quantitative approach works it adds another whole layer of confounding variables. The location where the image appears, the probability an image with show up in search engine rankings, the biases associated with a specific audience that views the image, and the quality of the image reproduced on the viewers computer screen. These additional variables impede the ability to understand how others "see" making it is difficult to tease out and concentrate on those aspects that would allow the creation of images with more universal appeal.
Below are 2 images both taken in the front garden of the Painted Pony Resort. One is an evening view of the Yucca and Ocotillo taken with the long light of late afternoon. While the second is an early morning view of a single Ocotillo stem starting to bloom. These 2 images taken from essentially the same location (the single stem image is the Ocotillo on the left side of the first image) and at the same time of year demonstrate how differences in light and color affect the final image produced. But in presenting these images (which I personally find appealing) I'm still no closer in understanding how people "see".
|A view of the garden.|
|A single Ocotillo stem beginning to flower|