This morning while walking the dog with my prism glasses I had an idea. As I looked at the trees and pathways, seeing all the spaces between things, I tried to figure out how to show someone with normal vision what I was seeing.
The idea was to take a photograph and draw on it to highlight where I see space. It is almost impossible to describe my new vision to someone who has had stereo-vision for their whole lives, but I thought that these photos may help.
Last night when my husband saw me on Photoshop drawing all these red lines, I am sure there was a moment when he thought, Should I call the men with the white coats? Believe me, early on in Vision Therapy there were a few times I thought of calling them myself!
In this second photo the three skinny saplings to the right pop into 3-D. The trees are in succession and not flat or piled up on top of each other.
There is the first tree and then, further beyond is tree two, and further beyond, tree three. I never really knew what "further beyond" meant until I saw with my prism glasses! The red shows where I see space.
Intellectually I know that "beyond" means something further away than something else, just like I know the definitions of many other words that describe space; beyond, above, inside, around, over, underneath, etc. The difference is, I never saw these things.
This is a pathway I walk every morning with our dog. In red are all the areas that seem to vibrate with space. There is a sense of being in a tunnel and everything else is beyond me in layers. The world seems to surround me now, as opposed to things just being flat in front of me.
The path winds along. Seeing my old way I never noticed that pathways actually lead to places. I put arrows around the trunk of the large tree to the right because I now see how trees curve on the sides! They are round! Duh, I know, but again, I never saw this.
Further beyond, are small spaces between the trees, which separate them. It is like the space is an object; it is nothing that is made into something by the things that are in it. Tree, space, tree, space, tree, and so on.
I now love pathways! Walking along them gives me a wonderful feeling that is difficult to describe. I know this all may sound strange...most people don't really get it. Before it all happened to me, I didn't get it either. Never in a million years did I imagine things looking like this.
My old vision was similar to looking at a photograph or a movie screen; flat. Things have texture now, the grooves on this tree look deeper and the bumps really pop out.
The first photo, at the very top of the entry, is a shrub called a Winged Euonymus. Other names for it are Burning Bush, or a Winged Wahoo. The first time I saw it this summer I was stunned at its aliveness. Every branch has its own space, and inside the bush is a little world unto itself, it seems to contain things, like you could crawl in and have a tea party in there. WAHOO is right!