Patti’s theme for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is Abstract.
I made this image and before you scroll the post – can you guess what the center item is? (Answer at the end of the post)
A few months ago, I saw leftover glue on the wall in a parking garage.
I perceived people in the shapes.
I took a photo of two: one that appeared cheery and one that appeared worn down.
I decided to have a little fun with the shapes for the challenge this week.
First – the cheery one:
Next, the “not so” cheery one:
However, if we TURN the image, maybe we could have someone relaxing in the ocean:
So what did you see in the glue shapes?
Something other than people?
Does this activity remind you of the ink blot projective tests?
Did you know… (if you are just here to view images – please skip this part…)
- Projective Tests in psychology are tools used to explore the “perceptions” that people have.
- Rorschach’s “ink blot” tests unfolded in the early 1900’s. Rorschach had some art training but the idea came from a popular children’s game, klecksography, which had to do with using ink to make abstract art.
- Rorschach made a bunch of cards, experimented, and narrowed it down ten. His goal was to see if pathology impacted the way patients evaluated the images.
- People were shown ten cards (five with color) and were asked to share what they saw and which specific features supported what they saw. He was looking for how they saw form, movement, and color.
- Rorschach argued that it was not “what” someone saw that mattered most – it was HOW they went about justifying what they saw. The participant’s interpretation of the images helped reveal how they formed perceptions, not necessarily their imaginative take on it.
- I once read that some administrators looked for specific wording. For example, “That is a bear-skin rug” or say, “That is an image that has the shape of bear-skin rug.” Or did the person elaborate more about colored ink blots, or perhaps the last card had them talking more.
- Psychologists still use Rorschach’s original 10 images (made in the early 1900s and published in 1921). However, according to Butcher (2010), Wikipedia has interfered with the effectiveness of Rorschach tests (even though they are not used too often because there is lack of common interpretative procedures and they are not viewed as psychometrically sound). Some still argue that because the images are “out there” – they are now less useful? The copyright for the images has expired (part of the public domain) so Wikipedia is able to keep them up.
- You can take a short-version of the Rorschach test HERE.
- Another projection test is the Draw-A-Person test, developed by Florence Goodenough, and was designed to be used with children (i. e. trauma, psychological problems, cognitive development, etc.).
Here is a little video snippet about the Rorshach test:
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