The Image of Perception

Vision is an abstraction, meaning that our eyes sense light from the world around us, and then transform it into a construct in our mind that represents our perception of reality. Inherent in this process is the minds ability to turn patterns of light into objects or concepts, and by doing so we “see” much more than a camera can. A camera or computer records an image, but we record objects and concepts. One of the biggest influences on my photography was a book by Freeman Patterson called "Photography and the Art of Seeing". It is actually quite the challenge to capture all the complexities of a visual moment in a single static frame. HDR images are one way of approaching this; we conceptualize dark areas and bright areas of a scene just as well as each other, which is something cameras used to be unable to do. Several years ago, before this was a built in function on many cameras as it is now, I took these images (in the Landscapes gallery) to try and create a sense of the experience of looking at the world, rather than simply presenting a picture of what it looks like.

I am currently working to assemble several galleries, presenting groups of pictures I have taken over the years. I hope you enjoy the images.

Michael A. Colicos


Dr. Michael A. Colicos is a professor and neuroscience researcher at the University of Calgary in Canada. His lab investigates the nature of neuronal connectivity, studying how we learn and remember things, as well as trying to understand how the brain works to process information. He has developed an interface between living neurons and digital technology, based on growing brain cells on silicon wafers. This technology is also being used to study epilepsy and autism, and to investigate the effect of microgravity and cosmic radiation on neurons, in order to better prepare ourselves for deep space missions and extended stays on the ISS.