how to stop seeing what is not there

Emma Biggs, an accomplished mosaic artist, talks about the color composition of her cat’s photograph:


This is a picture of my cat by the photographer Louise Haywood-Shiefer. The appeal of the image really comes from the blast of contrast — the black and white of the cat, and the band of brilliant colour given by the mosaic tiles on the left. The colour of the photograph is very reduced and keyed to white.  The white of the cat almost fuses with the white of the background, and it is this that boosts the intensity of her gaze, adds brilliance to the green of her eyes, and increases a sense of the tender pink of her nose. The image is recogniseable, but what you are seeing is a photographic stylisation — the photographer has used the camera to see some things and to exclude others.”