If you were asked to name the components of the above photo, flowers, apples, and bananas would likely be at the top of your list. This is because identifying and naming the things we know satisfies our desire to make sense of our surroundings. When observing a scene or image, we tend to glance, label, and move our eyes from one object to the next.
When we see a thing that we can’t identify, however, we look at it in an entirely different way. We study its color, shape, texture, and size with the same curiosity we had as children, when we discovered many objects for the first time. This is how many artists strive to see—to avoid the labelling that stands in the way of deeper perception.
Now, look at the photo again and try describing the objects without using their names.