What You See Is Not What You Get


A project by Olivier Ratsi.
It all begun when I realized that our perception of objective reality was conditionned by what we have learnt and experienced since our early childhood. Elementary characteristics of an object, a tree, a car, undergo a series of complex transformations, involving our senses, before we clearly and consciously identify them. In the end, we had been diverted from our true ability at observing everyday things, so that today we don’t even bother looking at them. When I realized this, I was in the woods, staring at a tree which looked familiar before and had become that day so different to me. This tree stood in front of me as it was, with its physcial and geometric features, untied from any referent, as if I was looking at it for the first time in my life.

(via triangulation)