Then I came across this quote and it reminded me that refraction can work for me, not just against me.
"The base of all artistic genius is the power of conceiving humanity in a new, striking, rejoicing way, of putting a happy world of its own creation in place of the meaner world of common days, of generating around itself an atmosphere with a novel power of refraction, selecting, transforming, recombining the images it transmits, according to the choice of the imaginative intellect."-Walter Pater
Light can be bent a million different ways. Light can dazzle and blind and dominate if it is angled in a particular way, but I can bend light in a whole bunch of angles too.