> 00 / 07 : Perceive
PerceiveEncourage divergent curiosity
Perceive is a blended, online workshop that uses photographic visual thinking to engage a form of higher-order thinking that combines scientific observation and aesthetic perception.
Available to individuals and small groups, it is an ideal option for anyone wishing to gain a more thorough insight into photographic visual thinking and its array of practical, everyday benefits.
Stop looking. Start seeing.
For individuals and small groups
Cost per person for between 1 and 4 participants
For custom group sizes and organisational enquiries, contact me →
Duration + Delivery
4 weekly 1.5 hour sessions
Online delivery via Zoom
> 01 / 06 : How visual thinking strategies can help
Visual perception helps us understand and participate in the world around us
Without perception, intelligence is impossible. The ideas or concepts that we have regarding an environment or object determine how we perceive them. In this regard, perception and thought act reciprocally.
Characterised by five distinct acts of perception, this continuous feedback between stimulus and intellect facilitates our daily life. By analysing a range of varying styles and themes of photography, we can learn more about projecting our ideas, putting them in order to re-perceive and elaborate them better. The photographic representation of concepts helps us think and connect ideas with the real world.
> 02 / 06 : Unique perceptual actions
Visually investigate objects and events and develop a heightened consciousness of visual stimuli in the natural or built environment.
Isolate an object to synthesize its idea or concept in its simplest form, merge it with its context so that the attributes of the two are combined or analyse it creatively to alter its meaning, looking for new uses and possibilities of interpretation.
Critically determine and comprehend complex relationships between the complete, whole object and the discrete elements that exist within it.
Organise objects and forms in relation to one another, establish visual connections between individual formal elements such as line, shape, colour and texture and gain insight into the formal relationships that could be enhanced between them.
Learn to selectively recognise, classify, order and simplify visual phenomena, to focus on the subject to be considered and transfer it from the continuum of its environment.
Perception is selective by its very nature. Establishing the proper range, how much to include and exclude is a crucial aspect of visual problem solving. Selection of visual phenomena from any given environment is the source of information for perception.
Unite visual phenomena more creatively by learning to critically analyse seemingly unrelated visual stimuli and combine them into a new, uniquely integrated whole.
Characterising total compositions and the relationships that exist between its elements, the ability to perceive and analyse visual phenomena in its totality and generalise about its content distinguishes this perceptive act from others.
Learn to see where things are in relation to other things, and form a more complex understanding of how parts go together to form a whole.
Observing whole forms and elements at once with heightened clarity, more effectively comprehending the overall patterns and structures, often leads to divergent conclusions. Better understand how to conceptually construct discrete things together to form fluid, modular wholes.
> 03 / 06 : Workshop summary
Critically analyse photographs
Examine the creative output of photographic visionaries. Investigate specialist and exploratory pre and post-production techniques and approaches within the context of art photography. Accelerate artistic visual processing by exploring personal encounters with photography, allowing the meaning of the work to naturalistically unfold.
Share your insights
Comprehend what you see. Appreciate the subtleties of the formal visual elements present in the frame, allowing feeling and intuition to direct your own unique pathway to uncovering the underlying meanings of the work.
Explore personal responses
Develop an ongoing investigation into the impact photographs have on conveying and creating divergent interpretations. Analyse thematic connections between them, refine your ability to explore overt formal and discreet symbolic meaning, and clarify your emotional and aesthetic interpretations to the works.
> 04 / 06 : Visual thinking benefits
Reconcile the relationship between what you see and what you know
Using visual thinking techniques to investigate and analyse photographic art is an innovatory strategy to gain a deeper comprehension of perception in general. Art is all about awareness. These techniques help us explore the personal associations we use to interpret what we look at, and create meaning from what we see.
Exploring what the photograph is and how it is made invites us to consider the broader contextual impact of objects and events to discover hidden stories. By synthesising our insights with the latent intentions and motivations that shape our perception, we develop more meaningful interpretations.
"The mere exposure to masterworks does not suffice. Too many persons visit museums and collect picture books without ever gaining access to art. The inborn capacity to understand through the eyes has been put to sleep and must be reawakened."
Perceptual psychologist, author, art and film theorist
> 05 / 06 : Related articles
Heighten your perception
Higher-order thinking should consist equally of scientific knowledge and aesthetic perception. To stimulate natural curiosity and heighten critical and perceptual skills, visual thinking can enhance our ability to recognise and understand visual phenomena, allowing us to utilise a more sophisticated repertoire of tools to interpret perceptual clues and determine aesthetic outcomes.
Learn more about the benefits of combining artistic visual thinking with STEM practises to accelerate divergent observation skills and elevate the standard of your professional output.
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