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Ocular Vision and the Portrait
An illustrated lecture comparing the monocular eye of the camera with binocular, stereoptic vision – in particular, the vision of the artist. What is stereopsis, the mystery of seeing in depth? Many portraits are made from optical devices and camera images, yet what we see is something else. How does the brain process this difference and what is the photograph’s relationship to the perceived (seen) face?

  photo of newborn  
  drawing from photo  
  drawing adjusted to binocular vision – why does it look more "like"?

Presented at Biomedical Communications, University of Toronto, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Alberta, Metchosin International School of the Arts, 2004.

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