Why I sometimes see things others don’t…

Dancer with albatross

Not long ago, I posted about this sculpture, which to me looked like a dancer with ocean waves and a bird soaring overhead. On a recent return to the park, I approached the sculpture from the opposite side, and fish leapt out at me. See for yourself!

I will let you in on a secret, known only to my closest circle of family and friends: I have visions. Not the kind where I am on a mountaintop seeing the future, but the kind that can see patterns, shapes, colors, and it looks like something I can recognize–a horse, a dog, a bird, a woman, a man, a baby, an elephant. Designs form in the shower tile…and the floor tile…in the face of a rock or the shape of a tree limb and curling bark.

From there, it is not a stretch that I will see something in modernism that might not seem real to others, but I am certain there are others out there who also see those things. I wonder if it is related to my learning to read early on, and devouring all kinds of books, seeing the pictures form in my mind when reading the words on the page. I was always imagining things, making up stories to entertain myself, or experimenting with making something from found objects.

I will probably keep on imagining things for a while yet…wonder what I will see today?

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10 Responses to Why I sometimes see things others don’t…

  1. Alan Venable says:

    You have a wonderful gift, literally! And what more natural to see below an albatross but a tasty fish?!

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  2. Betty says:

    Makes sense to me. Is the fish a meal for the albatross? You may be onto something connecting the reading to the visual images in your mind. To me, reading a story is a lot like watching a movie – just in my mind. Do you see things in the clouds, too? Or vegetables?

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    • Suzassippi says:

      I am fairly certain the fish are meals for the albatross, but that is the purpose of the ecosystem. And perhaps instead of a dancer, the person is a fisherman who lost his leg to the dangers of the open sea, yet still hanging on and tethered. The analogy of reading is like watching a movie in the mind is apt. I often refer to seeing something in my mind’s eye also. I do see things in clouds. I don’t recall ever visualizing anything in vegetables or fruits–do you? I have seen some of those photos where a mutation of a vegetable or fruit makes it look different, but as far as I know, my potatoes and tomatoes are just potatoes and tomatoes. But rocks…whole ‘nother story.

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  3. Hey, let’s watch clouds together!

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    • Suzassippi says:

      I’ll be right up and over. Our clouds yesterday were black and ominous, but it resulted in a downpour that was definitely needed! I noted a few limbs in the yard…but nothing that resembled a sculpture. 🙂

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  4. I see seagulls in this sculpture. Like you, I’ve been an avid reader as long as I can remember. (Thanks mama!) I tend to “see” words.

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