SEEING BY KAREN VAN DAELEN
SEE WHERE OTHERS ARE LOOKIN
I am on a whisper boat in the Biesbosch and I look at nature. A guide points out the presence of a few beavers. They lie on their backs, with a piece of wood between their paws. It is a beautiful sight. The guide advises us to come back in the future in a canoe, because it gives you more time to observe them calmly. It was a special experience. Without that guide we mainly would have looked at the alluring nature around us, but perhaps never seen those beavers.
Looking is different from seeing. Looking can be from a distance or perhaps serve more as a summarising view. But if something is pointed out, one can start seeing instead of just looking. See where the details lie. What sets them apart from the overall image. Details that are special and provide you with insights or turn out to be thought-provoking.
When I look at a set of teeth, with my healthy human eyes, I judge something with air and light to see better. It requires knowledge and skill, technique and effort. Distinguishing between healthy and not healthy makes the practitioner someone who sees and not just looks.
Despite my attentive eyes, I was grateful for that guide on the whisper boat. He neatly pointed out a number of details, which I might have found myself if I had looked long enough. But by pointing us in this direction, we could spend our time seeing details which otherwise would have been missed. The boat would have calmly sailed past, while we were looking at the nature.
Tools that let us see, rather than look, are a blessing. They provide quicker insights in the available time frame to set our sights on. After all, the boat progresses slowly. Oral Qamera with QLF technology is like that guide who pointed me to the beavers. Or even better, the use of the canoe on our next visit to Biesbosch. See instead of looking. Completely independent.