Perception, Agenda and Point of View

When I was writing When an astrologer speaks there were several graphics that I wanted to include but couldn’t find. This was one i thought illustrated the point I wanted to make particularly well. The camera never lies, it’s a representation of the world not a painting, therefore it must have happened. However, what is most certainly being controlled by the photographer or their editor, the the framing of the image and what is left out. I hope you see the point.

There were also several images which continued there theme where you were looking at multiple images depending on where you focus lay. The old woman/young woman was the example I used in the original piece. Here we have the rabbit/duck, which depends on whether you look from top to bottom or from left to right.

More frivolous examples are the  screen shop from a Facebook page showing a picture of a bird in flight which could also be a rabbit in mid ski-jump. I’ve made these images bigger so you can see the detail.

My favourite perception switch is the nativity scene. Apologies if I’ve ruined Christmas for you. The silhouettes could be your classic manger scene, but with a little shift in focus could be two Tyrannosaurus Rex and a watermelon.

I include these here to make a point, admittedly this is a funny point. Where you eye falls can change your interpretation of something completely. What you are expecting to see will have I huge influence here so pay attention to what you are expecting to see. We are bombarded by images from the media, from our families, from academia and we owe it to ourselves to at least try to filter them. This is more important now than ever with the rise in the number of fake news. Remember truth is relative.

The original piece – When an astrologer speaks – was written in 2015.

Who’s telling the story?

Stories are always told from a particular point of view. This is true for fiction, history and news stories. The  attitudes, situations and themes which are presented can be quite different depending on who is telling the story or authorising the story to be told. This can, and does, reinforce norms and common sense.

It’s a truism that history is written by the winners, but history can also be re-interpreted to push an agenda which is extremely current.  The way the centenary of the First World War has been dealt with is an example of this.

My friend, Steve O’Donoghue, wrote this song about the first world war which was used by No Glory as part of their campaign to mark one hundred years since the battle of the Somme. This was arranged by my husband, Russ Chandler with assistance from other Walthamstow musicians.

I wrote this next piece a few years ago and it was the last major piece of work I did as an astrologer. I include it here because it focuses on agenda, points of view  and how material is presented. Just read round the astrology if it’s not your thing. The Carter Memorial Lecture is a keynote presentation which was also my swansong. There were other graphics and examples that I wanted to include but couldn’t locate at the time so I include this page as a post script on Perception, agenda and point of view.