Through different lenses – a photography project about visual perception disorders

Jag har i mitt projekt valt att undersöka olika typer av seenden och verklighetsuppfattningar. I samarbete med ett antal svenska och utländska fotografer har tio visuella perceptionsavvikelser, så som färgblindhet, ansiktsblindhet och synestesi, gestaltats. Varje fotograf har arbetat med ett seende i dubbel bemärkelse; dels genom att utgå från den specifika avvikelsen, dels genom sitt eget bildspråk. Då fotografiet ofta anses stå i direkt förhållande till verkligheten har avvikelserna gestaltats genom just detta medium.

Through different lenses – a photography project about visual perception disorders
In my project I have studied different types of seeing and visual perceptions of reality. Together with several Swedish and international photographers, I have portrayed ten forms of visual abnormalities, such as colour-blindness, face blindness and synaesthesia. Each photographer has worked with seeing in a double sense; in portraying the specific abnormality, and through their own visual imagery. Since photography is often regarded as being in direct relation with reality, I chose this medium for the portrayal of the abnormalities.

Tack till:
Map Sverige AB, AV-Huset Ljud och Bildteknik, Tjellander Original och Grafisk Form, ProCenter, Greger Ulf Nilson, Daniel Vaccino Andersson, Andreas Ackerup, Brendan Austin, Ida Borg Emilia Bergmark Jiménez, Alexandra Catiere, Christian Erroi, Thobias Fäldt, Anna Gaskell, Martina Hoogland Ivanow, Hellen Van Meene, Marcus Palmqvist, Masao Yamamoto.



Photography is often considered a reflection of reality. For this reason, I have asked a number of photographers to create images illustrating different perceptions of reality. Each photographer will be asked to create 1 – 5 new images from a specific visual perception disorder. Perception disorders affect the way we see and perceive the world. This means that different people see different things, although looking in the same direction. Complete Color blindness, for instance. A person with this disorder will see only different shades of lightness, or different shades of grey. Another less common disorder is Prosopagnosia, also known as face blindness. A person with prosopagnosia will in some cases not recognize the faces of their children, relatives or even their own face. Akinetopsia, a deficiency in seeing motion, means all movement, is perceived as a number of static images. These are just a few examples of disorders. And, in this context, examples of how perception disorders can change our whole understanding of reality. The main focus of this project is visual perception and physical factors that change the way we see the world around us. The disorders studied in this project can be either inborn or aquaired later in life. Some of them are also he­reditary. A number of eye diseases have also been studied. Besides illustrating these disorders, the photographers represent a specific way of seeing, this being communicated through the visual language of their images. I have consciously invited photographers with a broad range of visual languages and backgrounds into the project. The project includes documentary photographers, fine art photographers, architectural photographers, fashion photographers and commercial photographers. By creating images of various kinds of reality, I hope to make a statement that our vision is individual. That is to say; reality is subjective.