Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Perspective and distance

Image of a detail from Giorgio Vasari's (1511–1574) painting of Brunelleschi's Rocca Nuova in Vasari, Pisa, which had been conquered by Brunelleschi's Florence. This image was sourced from the Wikimedia Commons and used under under a reliance that it is in the public domain, as asserted by the Wikimedia Commons.Dear Gentle Reader,

With the title of today's post, one would expect a discussion of how the apparent size of objects seems to decrease the farther they are from the observer.

Further, it would make sense that a historical overview of Brunelleschi (1377-1446) has been indicated; especially Brunelleschi's seminal contribution to perspective in Western art.

Brunelleschi, after all, devised an apocryphal peep-hole camera to find, and replicate, vanishing points in his art.

By finding the vanishing point(s), and connecting the lines from the observer to that(those) vanishing point(s), Brunelleschi could work out how large objects could be, or, rather, how small they should become, to make their visual representation seem more realistic to the observer.

In a word, Brunelleschi developed perspective.

But, sadly, dear souls, that is not to be.

As René Magritte (1898-1967) famously said of his painting of a pipe, "Ceci n'est pas une pipe" or "This is not a pipe".

However, this post does have to do with vanishing points and perspective.

Yesterday, I showed you some different perspectives of my interior, physical world.

One set of results that your humble scribe recently received indicated that your humble scribe would have to disappear. Again.

Probably until the end of October.

And then I should really and truly be back.

Or e-back.

Sorry. That is just the way that things go.

Nothing serious. Muchly.

And there is some lovely travel that has been planned, and will still be happening, but my results mean that I, again, have to spend a bit more self-time.

Who knew that a blogger would need even MORE self time?

Apparently I need to work on perspective, more.

Or vanish.

Anyway, hopefully I will see, or e-see, you all again.

If you don't return, then I will be bugging my eyes out to try to resolve your e-images.

And, believe me, me with bugged out eyes is not pretty....

MRI image of the author's head.

Tschuess till the end of October 2009,


Teresa said...

We will miss you, Chris. Hope that everything works out fine for you.


simmers said...

If your travels take you to Canadian West Coast, lemme know...I'll make the trek down!

The United Statesian said...

Stay strong my friend!

I leave you with a quote attributed to Carl Jung:

There are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year's course. Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word 'happy' would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.

jjdebenedictis said...

Worried... :(

I hope you're well, and I hope the lovely travel is lovely indeed.


maglomaniac said...

So now I got the reason:)
Find yourself.


Cloudia said...

Sending you REIKI (with your permission)
Wishing you the best.
Sending you Aloha.
You are loved-

Comfort Spiral

murat11 said...


vaya con dios, amigo/hermano...

Your word verification today is "beful," which is, as we all know, a variant spelling of the word "befull."

beful[l]: the act of filling the spirits and hearts of those around you, as in, "These e-scratchings and their truth and honesty and love...these e-scratchings beful us."

Be full, amigo.

Barbara Martin said...

I come to visit and you're off again.

Be well as I send you golden light and good wishes for good health.

Sepiru Chris said...

Dear Teresa, Simmers, United Statesian, OxyJen, Harsha, Cloudia, Murat, and Barbara

Thank you all, and each of you individually, for your thoughts.

And Cloudia, of course you are allowed.