February 5, 2012 · 8 comments

Perspective.  It’s always there, and never the same.

Duck or Rabbit?

I think about perspective every time I am reminded that I am as tall as I am — whether an obvious exclamation or genuine request for help (usually in the grocery store, by someone sheepishly asking me to pass them something from up high)… or pick up my camera… or admire a trompe l’oeil painting… or try to put myself in someone else’s shoes… or try to ‘think outside of the box’… or remind myself that the grass is always greener… (or is it?)

I recently came across two artists who each challenge our perspectives beautifully.

The first, Christine Sun Kim, is a deaf artist who visually explores sound.  I find that fascinating!

I take my excellent hearing for granted and would be hard pressed to think about how to present sound in a visual context.  (Remember that childhood song, I Can Sing a Rainbow?  To prove my point, the line in it, “listen with your eyes and sing everything you see” always drove me mad… until now!)

Photographer Todd Selby made a short film about Sun Kim “to act as an artistic conduit for her to tell her story to the world”.  Through his eyes, we see her visual exploration of sound.  Watch the film here:

The second artist I discovered, Zander Olsen, plays around with perspective by wrapping and photographing trees to “construct a visual relationship between tree, not-tree and the line of horizon according to the camera’s viewpoint.”

I like how, through his lens, Olsen offers you just one perspective to challenge your own!

And now I’m thinking of how to wind down this post.  Another person might have an obvious conclusion, but not me, not tonight: my dog is whining at my feet to say he’s hungry and, from his perspective, he just can’t understand and why I’m still staring at something and tapping noises.

So, you tell me.  What’s your take on perspective?



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1 Arlene M Coleman February 6, 2012 at 08:03

Thank you for posting this, Lauren. What an amazing young woman. It was fun to watch.
I love seeing how people with “disabilities” overcome and succeed!


2 Lauren February 8, 2012 at 16:18

I agree, Arlene. We all have our “disabilities” — whether it’s conquering an ability to hear or an inability to listen, there is much we can learn from other people’s struggles.


3 Jasmine February 7, 2012 at 10:33

Okay, so, a) you’re a goddess for sharing such unique artists
and, b) I actually have a close friend who is deaf, and this truly means something new to me, having now been able to understand a littl bit better his situation.

So pleased with these new discoveris!


4 Lauren February 8, 2012 at 16:20

Goddess… ha, I like that. Like you, I have a childhood friend who was born deaf. Never thought of her as all that different, though! Perhaps I paid it too little attention when I was a kid, because when I first watched this video it really opened my eyes to how she and other deaf people might think about sound.


5 Tina February 8, 2012 at 09:55

My perspective may sound strange, but I do not view a deaf person as being “disabled”. While it is true that they have their own world and own perspective, I think it is more correct to use the term “differently abled” to describe this. Beethoven was also deaf by age four and wrote some of the most brilliant musical masterpieces in History.

These artists are brilliant! Thank you for sharing your thoughts again.

As always, Lauren, I enjoyed this! Have a great week!


6 Lauren February 8, 2012 at 16:26

I know what you mean, Tina. Although, I think Beethoven was an adult when he began to lose his hearing, so he definitely had a sound advantage when composing music even after he went deaf. Having said that, there were two kids, brother and sister, a bit older than me in high school (not my friend mentioned in my comment to Jasmine, above) who were born deaf, yet they each played a musical instrument very well. I remember the sister played the clarinet beautifully. She rocked from side to side to keep rhythm, and I always wondered, if she couldn’t hear what she was playing, what of the experience she enjoyed. Because she obviously loved playing!


7 Tina February 9, 2012 at 01:10

Thanks for correcting that. You always are good about pointing me in the right direction! It’s been so many years and I don’t know where I got that from….Now I shall go unscramble what is left of my brain! Have a great week!


8 Lauren February 9, 2012 at 08:38

Maybe you are combining Mozart with Louis Braille! Funny how the mind works sometimes, isn’t it? We come up with “non-memories” and are tricked into thinking they were true. (If you know how to unscramble this phenomenon, tell me how!)


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