Beauty is in the Brain of the Beholder

What happens if I reblog one of my own posts?

After a 6+ month hiatus from nearly 3-years of posting every day, I’m back. For a while, I’ll intersperse a reblog of an old post while deciding what direction this re-start will take. Bear with me.

Photography Improvement

Summary – Did you know that >> the part of your brain that is triggered by beauty responds more to representational images than to abstract images?

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These abstracts were just an experiment (as yet incomplete)


The abstract of  a recent neuroscience study stated

“….the neural mechanisms underlying appreciation of figurative [representational, EdK] and abstract images may be different, at least in individuals with no strong background in fine arts.”

The brain region associated with  aesthetics (beauty)

Responds more positively to

Representational than to abstract images

(Found to be true for both paintings & photographs)

One explanation was that to appreciate abstract images

One needed go get beyond recognizing & naming objects

“There’s a house under a tree….”

A feeling more like this Monet quote is required instead

“When you go out to paint try to forget what object you…

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