"Ways of Seeing"
I thought this piece of reading was very interesting. It brought up many issues about art that I had never really thought about before. The first thing that stuck me was the quote on page 466, â€śThe way we see things is affected by what we know or what we believeâ€?. I agree with this statement. I think that any person could look at one particular thing, but each person could interpret it in so many different ways. Someone who is more educated could look at something in a very different way from someone who is not simply because they may have more background on a particular subject.
Another thing that I found interesting about the reading was the discussion about the invention of the camera. I agree that after the invention of the camera, the way was viewed changed significantly. When a certain work of art is reproduced it just loses something. For example, when a painting is viewed on TV in your own home you would see it differently than if you were in a museum looking at the only copy of it. I also think it is interesting how the meaning of a particular painting can change if a photograph is taken of only part of the painting. Without those other surrounding elements, we view the image in a different way.
When words are added to an image it changes the way we look at it. I thought the example of Vincent van Goghâ€™s painting â€śWheatfield Crowsâ€? was very good. When you first look at the image you set your own mood for the painting and what you think it is describing. Then, you turn the page and there is one line of text below it that could completely change the way you look at the same picture. I think words change a personâ€™s view of a piece of art because it almost forces you to feel one certain way about it. If you knew someone painting something right before they killed themselves you would probably look at that painting in a different light than if you knew they were at a very happy point in their lives.
Overall I thought the reading was a very interesting way to see the ways peopleâ€™s view of art has changed over time especially after the invention of the camera.