James Green

​​The depiction of visual experience: A study of close-up double vision. 

Supervisors: Robert PepperellGaynor KavanaghJonathan Clarkson 
Research group/theme: CFAR

Crossed disparity causes things appear in ‘close-up double vision’, due to their proximity to an observer. Close-up double vision occurs because the viewers’ eyes cannot converge on an object that is too close to them without strain, causing disparate images of the object to be projected onto each retina which cannot be fused into a single image in depth by the brain.

Close-up double vision is an omnipresent aspect of seeing for anyone who has two eyes, and a familiar example is the observers’ nose appearing either side of their visual field. However, there are very few explicit examples of the effects of close-up double vision recorded in artworks. This research aims to address the overlooked phenomenon of close-up double vision in artworks, and to develop a method of perspective for depicting this subjective visual experience.​