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DOI:10.1068/p2976 Images, imagination, and movement: Pictorial representations and their development in the work of James Gibson

By James E Cutting


Abstract. For more than 30 years James Gibson studied pictures and he studied motion, particularly the relationship between movement through an environment and its visual consequences. For the latter, he also struggled with how best to present his ideas to students and fellow researchers, and employed various representations and formats. This article explores the relationships between the concepts of the fidelity of pictures (an idea he first promoted and later eschewed) and evocativeness as applied to his images. Gibson ended his struggle with an image of a bird flying over a plane surrounded by a spherical representation of a vector field, an image high in evocativeness but less than completely faithful to optical flow. ``What can be said about... the fidelity of pictorial representation...? [Pictures] make perception effortless by approximating the natural kind of perception.'' Gibson (1960, page 226)

Year: 2000
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