Tommy Edison has been blind since birth. In his always fascinating vlog, he attempts to describe the way he understands things like colors, snowflakes, and handwriting. In this episode, he expresses confusion about depth perception and two-dimensional art (like photographs or paintings).
“Vision is an incredible thing, ” he says. “I have no idea how it works. The things that you are able to do BLOWS MY MIND. Like depth perception. Like you’re driving a car, you’re going along at 45 mph, then there’s red light and you just cruise right up to it and stop. I don’t understand how that works. Or there’s a crowded room full of people. And across the room you see one of your friends. And you know that you can just walk right through the crowd and find them. And you just keep your eye on them and you get right to them. It’s really cool to me. Or catching a ball. That to me is neat.”
Something else he just doesn’t understand is how we can draw a 3-dimension thing on a flat piece of paper.
“You people can draw a car on a flat piece of paper and anybody who sees it would go ‘Oh there’s a car!’ – I don’t get how you do that! To me, it’s just a flat thing. I get sculpture. It’s three-dimensional. It’s all dry logical. But flat paper? i don’t understand how you can see it!”
Fascinating stuff. Watch it below.