LISA SOMEDA

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Inattentional blindness

 

Wondering why it can be seen only one of the basement textures of the reflection or the reflection image itself at once, I often photograph such scenes as a mixture of the basement texture and the reflection image.

I found that such a case is called “Inattentional blindness” in The Mind is Flat: The Illusion of Mental Depth and The Improvised Mind written by Nick Chapter in 2019. I read it in Japanese, and there are more topics about vision than I expected. The description about inattentional blindness is in Chapter 8.

Though I will touch on the topic only about “Inattentional blindness” here, in this book the story is developed from the characteristics of the brain as it can treat only one thing at once to the flatness of the mind through many experimental results.

To return to “Inattentional blindness”, when I was a beginning student of photography, I was often disappointed to find something that I hadn’t intended to photograph in developed films. Because I had seen only what I wanted to see.

Nowadays, such cases are less, but sometimes I can’t be aware that my mobile phone or camera is reflected on the window for some time, when I take photographs of the city below from the airplane. At all such times, I remember that “I see only what I want to see.” and laugh bitterly.

Since my postgraduate student, the theme in my creation is that I think about how we see, focusing on the difference between vision of man and vision of camera.

Now I see that cameras have taught me about “Inattentional blindness” from just the beginning, but I couldn’t be aware of it.

Trade-off

 

By the influence of COVID-19, vacant rooms are increased in central area in Kyoto, and it becomes often to be seen glass windows of vacant rooms covered with sheets or wood plates.
On the other hand, the rush of construction apartment buildings occurs in residence zone.
It becomes often to be seen the just new glass windows covered with sheets also there.

When I try to stare at the reflection on the glass, grains of wood or pleats of sheet interrupt me.
Then, when I try to stare at grains of wood or pleats of sheet themselves, the reflection on the glass interrupt me.
I remember the word “trade-off” with this experience, I think that it symbolizes social situation right now the most.

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Touching the world gently

 

Setting up the tripod, adjusting the camera horizontally and vertically, just when I turn the focus ring delicately at last, I feel as if I touch the world gently.
I wonder if I may be healed not so little by the gentle motion of my own hand. I wonder if I may be healed not so little by the gentle motion of my own hand. When I touch something gently, the gentleness is not only for the object but also for myself.

Here I would like to write about the first part.
For if the focus ring is turned a little too much, the screen image becomes a bit out of focus, it must be turned delicately.
I suppose that the delicate gentle motion of my hand causes gentleness in my mind.

There, I found an interesting story in an interview by Shigesato ITOI and Prof. Yuji IKEGAYA. (https://www.1101.com/ikegaya2010/2010-10-06.html
It’s about the experimental report that test subjects felt more funny when they read comics keeping their mouth pronouncing ‘ee’ than ‘woo’.
“The brain is isolated from the outside and it cannot recognize the outside by itself. The brain can recognize the outside only through the body. So, the brain makes a reasonable answer that the comic is funny based on two pieces of information, one is smiling (mouth pronouncing ‘ee’ ) and the other is reading a comic. The status of the body precedes the interpretation of the brain.” Prof. IKEGAYA said.

If so, I think that it’s not impossible that the gentle motion of one’s hand causes gentleness in one’s mind.

One more.

In the movie Nichinichi kore kôjitsu (2018 Japan), a teacher of traditional Japanese tea ceremony tells her student “You must start to learn “form” in Japanese way of tea. The first you learn “form”, the next “mind” accompanies it.”

Our predecessors may have known that the behavior comes first and the mind comes last.

gradually

 

When we see the bottom of the below image, we can see the sheet with protrusions. Then, seeing upper gradually, our awareness are to the reflection on the glass away from the sheet itself.
I wonder if it is difficult to aware the texture or existence of the object itself when it becomes the basement of the reflection.

gradually

I remember such a frustration I felt in childhood as when I would see the outside of the window in the train at night, the light reflected by the window kept me from seeing outside.

It’s difficult for me to see what I want to see.

feeling relieved.

 

Everyday I walk through the front of the station “Чёрная Речка(Chernaya Rechka)” and I see this strange animal. When I see it on the way back home, somehow I feel relieved.

Play

 

The first time I saw something like face on the surface of a tree, I thought it was by chance. As I often saw these faces here and there, I was sure a kind of play in snow.

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The base is colored.

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The favorite one is below. Children treat this mysterious animal when its legs or tail suffer.

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Kronstadt

 

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Kronstadt is a small town in Kotlin Island on Gulf of Finland. So it was a fortress, it has been filled with moat.The residence of NCCA is located on there. It takes about one and half hour to go to center of St.Petersburg by Marshrutka(k-405) and subway.

By the way, color of the light was really like this photograph. It was the first time for me to see such a blue world.

Snow

 

Even though temperature had dropped at -25℃ in January, it was around 3℃ and I could see almost no snow when I arrived at St.Petersburg.

It was 5 days after my arriving when snow falled.

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Rare Chance

 

Until my arriving at the residence, I have not known that I will stay with Japanese. Additionally he is same age as me.

Jun’ichiro ISHII is an artist from France.
http://www.reart.net/

Artist in Residence Program in St. Petersburg

 

From 10 February to 10 March 2016, I will take part in Artist in Residence Program of NCCA(National Centre for Contemporary Arts)in St. Petersburg.

I will create a new work about snowscape of St. Petersburg.

NCCA
http://www.ncca.ru/en/main?filial=6