Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/09/02

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Aesthetic qualities of photographs
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 1998 13:51:00 EDT

Someone wrote:

"When I see photographs that (to me) convey a mood or emotion, rather than
just depict a subject, I hear music in my mind, influenced by the mood
conveyed by the picture. Does anyone else get such cross-influencing of
sensory impression, or do I just need to see a shrink?"
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What you're experiencing is "Synaesthesia," the simultaneous convergence of
the senses.

The abstract impressionist painter Kandinsky, was a major exponent of the
concept of Synaesthesia, as was Russion composer Scriabin, French poet
Baudelaire and members of the "Golden Dawn" in London during the 1920's.  They
ascribed to the use of multiple senses to bring about a deeper experience of
art, music and literature, for instance, "hearing color" or "seeing sound".