Spatial Vision , Vol. 21, No. 3–5, pp. 271 – 272 (2008) Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008. Also available online - www.brill.nl/sv The incomplete angler: effects created by visual omission JOHN M. FINDLAY ∗ Centre for Vision and Visual Cognition, University of Durham, South Road, Durham, DH1 3LE, England, UK Received 1 June 2006; accepted 15 February 2007 Abstract — The Fisherman , a picture painted by Jean-Louis Forain, demonstrates an interesting interaction between low and high level perceptual processing. The isolation and tranquillity of the fisherman in the picture are enhanced by the absence of his reflection, yet perceivers are rarely aware of the omission. Keywords : Art; implicit perception; reflection. ‘Be quiet and go a-angling’ can be found as an epitaph carved on a churchyard gravestone in Hampshire, England. A few words capture, with perfect economy, the presumed character of the deceased. Jean-Louis Forain’s picture, The Fisherman , might be seen as a visual parallel, co-incidentally now also to be found in Hampshire. The individual in the picture, together with his patient dog, appears contentedly at peace in a state where space and time are transcended (see Fig. 1). The effect has been achieved, at
Spatial Vision (continued as Seeing & Perceiving from 2010) – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2008
Keywords: IMPLICIT PERCEPTION; REFLECTION; ART
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