More on J. J. Gibson and "Informational Pickup Theory":
"Gibson proposes that the environment consists of affordances (such terrain, water, vegetation, etc.) which provide the clues necessary for perception. Furthermore, the ambient array includes invariants such as shadows, texture, color, convergence, symmetry and layout that determine what is perceived. According to Gibson, perception is a direct consequence of the properties of the environment and does not involve any form of sensory processing."
Having not yet begun to process this; I can't count on whether this still has scientific traction, but I can certainly see it having poetic traction.