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A new perspective

Posted by Lewis on August 31, 2004

In Reply to: Put into perspective posted by Lotg (OZ) on August 31, 2004

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: : What does it mean to 'put everything into perspective'? Thanks!

: To put everything into its correct place. Ensure that things are where they should be in relation to everything else around them. So eg. if you hear a quote taken out of context it might imply something quite different to its original meaning. But put it in it's correct place, or in perspective, and it can take on a completely different and correct meaning.

Early art did not use 'perspective' and had 'flat' views (pure 2d) representing things. "perspective" (by the eyes?) added the appearance of the 3rd dimension (3d). by arranging objects at different places and using relative dimensions to represent distance from the observer, perspective made pictures much more informative and the relationship of objects was able to be seen in apparent 3d. things further away were painted smaller than nearer objects - sounds simple, but it was revolutionary at the time.

the picture is painted from one location - from which the relative positions of the objects are represented.

I would say that this viewpoint for the picture is a 'perspective' and if the picture were painted from another place it would entail another 'perspective' being taken.

back at that time, it was believed that the eyes sent out beams which were reflected. despite that being wrong, it is interesting what knowledge could still be developed.