RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE
The aspects of things that are most important for us are hidden, because of their simplicity and familiarity. One is unable to notice something – because it is always before one’s eyes. The hardest thing to see is often what is in front of our eyes. We usually only absorb what we want or need, we are likely to block out the rest. Restricted by habit, we glance around rather than look with acuity. Our eyes often sleep, until our mind wakes us with a question. Most of us look at a scene, rather than look into it. What we see and what we notice aren’t the same thing.
The first thing we were required to do in my Design Exploration class was to take an individual tour of the campus building, consciously observe, analyse and document photographically our immediate surroundings and take note of the things that weren’t immediately apparent. Free to let my mind and body wander, I explored my surroundings, moved through the different levels of the campus building. Discovering hidden away nooks and coming across many intriguing and overlooked things the compelling urge to capture the little details kicked in.