After taking the weekend to try to continue to comprehend Scott McCloud’s artistic explanation of time frames, I continue to realize how interesting time is. On the last page of the chapter, McCloud even admits to the reader that he finds time strange. What is it that we can’t figure out?
He draws monsters, gadgets, gizmos, etc. inside the clock…but the front is so simple. It is easy to understand. Or is it? Does it just seem simple?
I keep feeling astonished that so many different things impact time. I want to answer this question by mentioning that I feel that every human sense can relate to time in some way:
Sight: you can see it. You can visually see the time rotation of seasons through leaves falling, flowers, weather changes, etc. just as you can see the second hand revolving on an analog watch. As people age and die, you can see how time affects them. Grey hair, wrinkles, etc. You can see movies that demonstrate flashbacks and insight into the future.
Sound: McCloud touches on the subject of sound briefly in his chapter on time frames. He mentions that sound is very important to comics because we know the correct order of things. We know that the WAK! of the baseball sounds after someone has hit it. We understand that things follow each other in sequence. We can hear a clock ticking which evoke emotions like anxiety or impatience. Our sense of sound is so important to our understanding of time!
Touch: This one is probably the hardest for me to explain (because you have to touch in order to experience it)! Think about people. I think I understand time through touch because I was fortunate enough to know all 4 of my grandparents. As a little girl, I remember holding their hand..wondering, “why is my Nana’s hand wrinkly?” I soon began to understand that people change with time. If you closed your eyes and felt a baby’s smooth skin versus a 98 year-old’s skin, you just know. You can feel it. You can feel that time has made an impact. Nurses and doctors for example, feel a person’s heart rate. They can feel when a person’s time is up.
Taste: Time is easily shown through taste. Put a freshly-baked, right-out-of-the-oven cookie in your mouth and you’ll know it’s new. Put a year old potato chip in your mouth..and you’ll know that its old. It’s as simple as that.
Smell: Smell is closely related with taste. Smells can make you understand time very quickly. Take a whiff out of an old milk carton, for example, and you won’t ever let milk spoil again. Smell the pear trees coming out around Blacksburg and you’ll know it’s springtime and that the school year is almost over.
I know that this post just got random, but as I’m letting my mind wander I really do feel like time and senses must have a relation. Do you think this could be how we understand time so well? Because we experience it so often in our daily lives?