“At first it appears that nothing could be easier than seeing. We just point our eyes where we want them to go and gather in whatever there is to see. Nothing could be less in need of explanation…the truth is more difficult: seeing is irrational, inconsistent, undependable…Our eyes are not ours to command; they roam where they will and then tell us they have only been where we have sent them. No matter how hard we look, we see very little of what we look at…Ultimately, seeing alters the thing that is seen and transforms the seer. Seeing is metamorphosis, not mechanism.”
James Elkins, The Object Stares Back: On the Nature of Seeing (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996), p. 11.
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