Homonymous Hemianopsia / David Armstrong (Artist Research)

After exploring the ‘split’ through images when researching the Strabismus sight defect, I came across Homonymous Hemianopsia – a similar condition to Strabismus that is categorised when the brain loses the hemianopic visual field in one or both eyes. This produces ‘half an image’ or a ‘split image’. Hemianopias occur because the right half of the brain has visual pathways for the left hemifield of both eyes, and the left half of the brain has visual pathways for the right hemifield of both eyes. I explored the representation of this deficiency by replacing the eye with a round macro lens, taken out of focus (to represent the loss of sight) and splitting the images in half to represent the visual pathway.

I felt the least strong of the set is the final image on the right hand side (image 6) as the subject is clearly recognisable and therefore it does not have any messages of interest or alternative reading, whereas the more out of focus and abstract shots can inspire a deeper emotion in the viewer, especially image 3 (second on the left hand side) as the colour tones are aesthetically pleasing yet distort the subject of the image, which was naturally beautiful and I feel this comes across in the shot.

The last two images are work that I thought linked to mine by David Armstrong, an American landscape photographer that studied alongside Nan Goldin from the age of 14. It was originally the out of focus take on landscape imaging that attracted me to his work, but exploring it further, the layers of rich colour that build up the setting of the photograph creates an almost 3D effect, as though the viewer is climbing through the images as it reaches into the sky.


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