Sunday 25 March 2012

Elements of Intense Seeing

The seven elements of Intense Seeing.

The intense seeing assumption is that if we can add, by some means, additional discriminatory power to seeing, then intense seeing is what results. This is the basis of both excellence and innovation in art and science.  

There are seven discrete conceptual elements of intense seeing and often with each concept there is an appropriate law of parsimony that can be applied and these often provide practical benefits and ensure intense seeing. 

To provide an easy way to remember these seven elements each has been given an object to represent the element.  

The Eye. All seeing uses the human eye. It is a wonderful foundation for intense seeing and it has four qualities that are of particular importance; acuity, sensitivity, colour and registration of movement.

The Hand. The hand guides the eye when it has a pencil in it and an intent to record an impression of what is being seen. What is seen when using a pencil is demonstrably different from what is seen otherwise.

The Pencil. Is an archetype of a device for capturing important morphological information. It is one half of the most rudimentary of recording devices. It has some unique properties.

The Dice. Sometimes for intense seeing a controlled amount of chance is useful.

The Notepad. Setting out to observe with the intent to make any kind of notation or  record changes what you see. This is also the second half of the most rudimentary of recording devices.

The Ruler. Introducing a formal means of dividing space or time is one of the core design steps we can take to get improved discrimination and quantification.

The Magnifier. A magnifier provides a real increase in the resolving power of the eye. But all real magnifiers have issues and they must be used with caution.

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