The ability of the brain to perceive color has always been something I’ve wondered about. So, while also looking at more info about color in general, photographic techniques, etc, I came across this interesting study a while ago:
“In the experiment performed, a subject wore a special lens over each eye which inverted the retinal image– and therefore inverted the subjectively experienced visual field. Needless to say, this resulted in a very disorienting experience. Over several days, however, the subject was able to adapt to this condition– if not perfectly and consistently– so as to experience the world once more as normal and right-side up! Though the results of this drastic experiment were equivocal, less extreme distortions of the visual field have proven conclusively the adaptability of the human visual cortex. ”
IE, the lenses made it so they saw everything ‘upside-down’, and their brain adapted.
So much of what you see around us is truly ‘all in your head’. On the same subject, I’m sure there is so much we can’t see, on the simple level, of color wavelengths, to deeper meanings. I don’t believe everyone sees things the same way, either.
Take color for example. There can be little doubt that when I point out one wavelength that you see the same wavelength of light. Say, red for example. However, that Red may be completely different to you. I think how we actually perceive the color is very much in the head. However, we would never be aware of this difference, because we have nothing to compare it to. Red is always red to us. However, maybe it doesn’t go as well to us, with another color. Could explain why people have different choices when it comes to wardrobe, and why some people never seem to match with their clothes.
I mean, we all know people who are color blind, and partially color blind.
Anyway, this brings me to my real point. This isn’t just about color. It’s about perception. There is no real way you can count on anyone to see something the same way you do. Sure, some people might be there, but it’s really not something under your control. We work really hard to make ideas and images accessible to as many people as possible. It doesn’t always work, but communication is intensely important.
Even so, your reality is not the same as anyone else’s reality. No one is right in that respect. There is no right. It’s all in your head.