Looking at a Landscape
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?