After some time away, I’ve returned with a new series of six pictures focussing on the senses, starting with Hearing. I’m not sure whether I will subdivide the senses and increase the series by dividing taste, for example, into sweet, sour, bitter, umami, etc. Time will tell.
For my first picture – Hearing – I’ve tried to give the impression of time passing without leaving a trace by linking the sea, sound and music in my image Aquatic animals use sound between members of their species, for communication and survival and the sea itself continually makes its music. To broaden the sense in this I’ve combined the sound of the sea with musical notation from a Celtic tune; The Blossom and the Rain (Brian Peters).
It is interesting how visible imagery is linked to sound ;we describe tones as light, dark, and use a term “colouring” to describe the special timbre of an instrument by an expert player.
Whilst vision itself is a primary sense, auditory perception of music, and especially speech, involves information from more than one sensory modality. The McGurk effect was discovered when a video sound recording of someone speaking was dubbed with a different sound, they discovered that an observer often hears a third sound, showing how much the two senses rely upon each other.
“If a tree falls in the forest and no-one is there, does it make a sound?” a philosophical thought experiment that compares and contrasts observation and reality. “.. objects of sense exist only when perceived…” Since sound is only waves of vibration passing through the air, an ear must be present for the sensation of sound to be perceived. So, the answer must be “No”. It’s appropriate therefore to include an ear in my picture – the pinna of a close and much loved relative.