“MX”, the subject of the first case study of acquired aphantasia, could give detailed descriptions of scenes and landmarks around his native Edinburgh: “I can remember visual details,” he commented, “but I can’t see them”.
How “mind-blind” artists create without being able to visualize via The Overspill
I couldn’t do what “MX” does. That’s one of the reasons why I’ve always been atrocious at giving (or being given) directions. But I’m not surprised to learn that there are aphantasics for whom this is possible. As I’ve often said, it affects lots of us in lots of different ways.