Personal Perspectives

Each of us has their own experiences in life while all the possible experiences can be boggling. In the midst of the chaos, how do we connect with and identify within our own perspective and limitations? When do we venture out to expand and change our direction and when do we reside where we are and absorb what we can from where we are? Surely we haven’t exhausted what we can know about where we stand?

Video: Taken from the movie “Rear Window”

“This act of artistic reconstruction reveals the rigidity of Hitchcock’s modus operandi. Indeed, most shots must have been taken from the same camera position, since the perspective in Desom’s composite image is very consistent. This of course is in line with the whole concept of Rear Window: the spectator is bound to the point of view of James Stewart’s character, who is himself wheelchair-bound.”

On the surface, that which is outside us may seem to be ever changing and it may entice us to our borders. Sometimes, however it is interesting to watch instead what comes into our familiar spaces, the scenes we inhabit daily. We sit still and recognize what has become commonplace. Then, we see those people and things that enter and interact with these common spaces. We see that which we know combined with those who are voyagers from their own perspectives and our familiar spaces are maybe new to them. Actors come into the scene and we record them and the way they color the meaning of such places.

It can happen with literal geographies, in the ways we think, the language we speak, or other patterns we use in life. When we take some time to fully experience a placement of ours as such, we have an opportunity to expand more in a direction of depth than a direction of breadth.

Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), Winter, 1618

What can one do as in the example of the video above and as in the quote from to heighten the effect of the individual perspective in art? So often we are aware of ourselves as the viewer of a given artistic image to the point that the goal is to erase the original artist as the viewer and replace them with you as the new viewer.


A Dutch tavern scene by Jan Steen, late 17th century


Hans Memling – Adoration of the Magi. 1470

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