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Explanation: He grew up in X where he played on a nearby industrial (or 'the nearby factory') site and in the Taunus hills, all of which left a strong visual imprint on him.
Lancashireman United Kingdom Local time: 12:24 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 88
Thanks Andrew and everybody else. I also liked Henry's "shaped his vision."
8 hrs confidence:
reformulate: playing...shaped his vision/perception
Explanation: If you want it to sound really natural I would use "Prägung" as the verb and "visuell" in the Duden sense of "den Gesichtssinn betreffend, ansprechend, dadurch vermittelt; auf dem Weg über das Sehen.
Then you end up with something like: playing in Taunus and on the grounds of the nearby factory shaped his vision/perception (or some other synonym of vision in the thesaurus).
I guess a passive construction would also be possible, especially in light of rhythm.
Henry Schroeder United States Local time: 07:24 Works in field Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 60