Help me see the big picture.
June 9, 2010 11:28 AM Subscribe
How can I learn to see with an Asian eye?
posted by the foreground to Society & Culture (6 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I can't remember exactly where I read it, but the main idea is that when people from Eastern cultures view a painting, they tend to take in the whole of it first before they focus on individual details, whereas Westerners tend to do the opposite, honing in on the detail that catches their eye first before taking a step back and viewing the whole.
I know I am an extreme example of the latter style, but it goes beyond mere paintings to practical situations like when I walk into a crowded room and only see one person I know when in reality there might be two or three people there I know and end up inadvertently ignoring them until I realize they are there. Basically, I would be a terrible spy.
Does anyone have any tips or strategies for what I might be able to do to get better at taking in the whole picture, in the Asian style? I would also appreciate any other tips on how to increase my awareness and observational abilities in general, or whether people think this is even something that can be done?