Matt Gehring


This thesis examines the understanding and visual perception of photographs. My work investigates the role that difference plays in one’s ability to perceive depth between planes. Through the visual representation of various temporal phenomena, it is possible to begin a discourse about difference, in relation to perception. This thesis document and the accompanying exhibition address themes of illusion, abstraction, repetition, and the infinite. All of which can be affected by subtle variance in color, light, and orientation. These slight variations affect how a viewer perceives the other photographs in the exhibition. The ambiguity of perspective in the images relies heavily on the abstract qualities of the man-made object, but also on the shifts in perception that occur due to visual differences. These differences are only apparent because of my serial approach to the series. Without the capability to directly compare and contrast, the ideas discussed here would not arise.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Photography, Abstract; Visual perception

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Document Type


Department, Program, or Center

School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (CIAS)


Osterman, Willie

Advisor/Committee Member

Miokovic, Alex


Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works. Physical copy available through RIT's The Wallace Library at: TR656 .G44 2008


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