Come to your senses

France 5th August 2010

Continuing on my blog from yesterday, one of the main things when you relax is that realise that you have more than one sense… :). Certainly as a lighting designer always focused on the visual! True enough, 80% of our sensory experience is through our eyes, but what about sound, smell, taste and feel senses? Somehow they seem relegated to the back compared to the visual sense. But with my visual senses less active the other senses have become much more apparent (at least to me…).

Sounds. At night I am more aware of the wind (I am staying near the beach) and in the morning I can hear the birds, mostly seagulls, singing. It makes you more aware of nature and certainly adds to the appreciation and enjoyment. Specifically when most of my time I spent in big cities like Singapore or Shanghai, which somehow never seem to sleep and where construction noise can be heard throughout the day and traffic noise even throughout the night!

Smell. Because of the slower pace of life somehow there is time to “smell the roses”. The smell of the see air, the smell of the markets, the smell of flowers, the smell of food. I guess we always do smell things but somehow we don’t really register it let alone take the time to take it in as part of the environment we are in at that moment.

Taste. Somehow food seems to taste better when you are out in the countryside and actually take the time to enjoy your meal, certainly when freshly cooked! In my case I am enjoying fresh seafood, meat, vegetables and fruits we fetch fresh from the market every morning.

Feel. This is very much an action that needs dedicated time and attention. Whether we feel the sand with our feet or filtering through our fingers, touch a tree or the texture of stones. It is a dedicated effort. And then there is the touch and feel of just a simple hug with your loved one…

My point today is that lighting is just one of the components of a complete design. The perfect design harmonises all sensory experiences…

05. August 2010 by Martin Klaasen
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