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Perspective or Perception?

I realise that I've been using perspective and perception interchangeably so far in my research, without really understanding or explaining the difference. For what I'm doing, I'm not sure that it makes a significant difference to pin down one or the other. However, for clarity in my mind, here's the definition and differences I'm referring to!

city view in a sphere
What is your perception of this when seen from your perspective?

Perspective: A particular attitude towards or way of regarding something; a point of view. In philosophy, a point of view is a specified or stated manner of consideration, an attitude how one sees or thinks of something.

  • How you're viewing it

  • Direction of sight

  • Can be guided by the artist?

  • Showing you a different way of looking at it?

In art, perspective would most likely be dictated by:

the angle of view; from the top, the side, inside, outside, from the point of view of an animal, a bird, a human, the sky...

Perception: The organisation, identification, and interpretation of sensory information in order to represent and understand the presented information, or the environment.

  • What you're viewing

  • Up to the viewer to determine this?

  • Unique to everyone?

  • Is this controllable?

  • Ambiguity of meaning or inference?

In art, perception would most likely be dictated by:

how what you see influences how you feel, or respond, based on your previous experiences and schemata*

(*In psychology and cognitive science, a schema (plural schemata or schemas) describes a pattern of thought or behaviour that organises categories of information and the relationships among them.)

Hmmm. Clear as mud!

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