Our perception is tuned to recognise patterns for priority attention. Probably a successful survival adaptation.
Take a look at this picture:
Did you notice the people in the picture? Just about everyone will.
- The people are the starting point of interest in this landscape.
- They command our attention.
- Then we notice the rest of the landscape
- Then return to the people again.
The people occupy only 0.5% of the picture area. (yes, I measured it)
This means that we place 99.5% of the picture as a lower priority.
We have an automatic editing ability that allows us to focus our attention on a view and make rapid decisions about it.
When we think we are seeing a landscape, are we really looking? David Hockney has thought deeply about this
So What?…. well we can make assumptions and miss things when we see a view.
Looking is much harder to do and takes time.
Making images that connect with others means that they must be different. One source of this difference is cultivating the ability to look. I’m trying harder to look, are you?
Trees in the winter can be stark things rather devoid of colour. This is a different look at a tree.
Wintry blue skies can be intense, especially if they are contrasted with warmer colours.
I liked the pattern of lichens on the ancient roof tiles, they are suggestive of foliage when combined with the shadow of the tree.
It is always dodgy ground assuming animals have human emotions, however when I saw this fox running across a field from a farm in the south downs I’m sure it had a look of pure joy on its face.
My impression at the time, and not altered by reflection, was that here is an animal that is enjoying life to the full.