From Harvey Lloyd's website: I beg your indulgence. Your eye does not see anymore than your computer thinks. Your eye is a marvelous tool for recording and transmitting photons of light to your brain in the form of electrical signals. Beginning at the retina, a series of computer like programs analyze, censor, delete and send certain amounts of information to various parts of the brain. This is not widely understood. Most of us were raised and taught to think that our eyes see. Recent studies of how the eye and brain work together bring to light the uncanny fact that our brains, not our eyes "see" and control our vision. The Art of Seeing reveals how early conditioning and genetic inheritance determines how and what we see. We come to understand that we can learn to truly see the world in all of its miraculous beauty only after hard work and deep insights. We observe the processes of seeing and creating our world vision. We examine the strange phenomenon of artist's works which often do not resemble the way we see the world.
I celebrate the art of true vision. It is the key to becoming one in heart and spirit with the Gaea, the earth. Light, holy light, makes vision possible. Light and its bizarre behavior is another of the mysteries which still baffle physicists and mathematicians. Light gives vision. How that process works is a visit to a strange new land. To truly see is to enhance one's life and make visible the hidden universe of wonders that surround us.
"Genuine art, we say, has “vision,” and good poetry and good seeing quite literally go together almost always. Yet before the more literal seeing can liberate itself into that other vision we speak of, a transfiguration is needed: the eye must learn to abandon its long habit of useful serving and take up instead an active delight in its own ends." —JANE HIRSHFIELD: excerpt from Kingfishers Catching Fire: Seeing with Poetry’s Eyes