“Imagine an eye unruled by man-made laws of perspective, an eye unprejudiced by compositional logic, an eye which does not respond to the name of everything but which must know each object encountered in life through an adventure of perception.”
Stan Brakhage, Metaphors on vision.
Chapter 3 in the book Light Moving in Time talks about the concept of ‘The untutored eye’. It was a way in which to rebel against conventional filmmaking techniques, and adopt a new way in which to show the world. Avant-garde filmmakers took an instant liking to the words of Brakhage.
Further on in chapter 3, it continues with a quote from J.R.R Tolkien’s lecture “On Fairy-Stories”:
“We should look at green again, and be startled anew (but not blinded) by blue and yellow and red.”
and continues by saying:
“We need, in any case, to clean our windows; so that the things seen clearly may be freed from the drab blur of triteness or familiarity - from possessiveness.”
‘to clean our windows’ could relate to what William Blake describes as ‘cleansing the doors of perception’. To clean ones windows to me sounds like to open ones eyes, to bring in a wider thinking and viewing of a situation or object. To defy what we think is ‘green’ and see it as something completely different as if we were children once more.
It’s a different way of seeing that links closely with Avant-garde/surrealist filmmakers, something i’m utilising in my film.