Survey respondent comment posted 8/16/16: “I feel breaking up the image into parts only can serve the purpose of highlighting the images compositional elements”
Reply: This project is basic research, and at the early stages — the first round is designed to gain information in a practical [qualitatively usable] form. It’s like drawing a line on a piece of paper and inspecting the result — there are intentions in the action, and qualitative thinking applied during the result.
In this case the “line” or intention I am following is to calibrate my perception of the images alongside other viewers’ perceptions. The larger intention of round 1 is to gather information [by an inspection of which sections of the images hold the viewer’s interest] as how to best create images with as much “visual interest” as possible throughout the entire image. These images will be used to explore the supposition that the more visual interest there is, the longer the viewer will contemplate the image and the greater the likelihood of entering an area of creative ideas.
Since strong compositional elements may affect the type or quality of contemplative experience, “un-compositional” images may need to be created. Meaning an image filled with areas of visual interest, but all areas having an equal compositional strength. [Not an image that is diffuse in nature, but one that provides plenty of discrete, equally visually stimulating material to be used in contemplative/qualitative thinking.] This would allow the viewer to move more easily from one area to another as their interest and contemplative journey takes them.
This is a qualitative project and it will use qualitative methods of solution: I will inspect the survey results and look for information.