It’s easy to think that noticing must be done with the eyes. But when we notice in everyday life, we often use our full sensory palette – we are struck by a sound, a smell, a taste, the feel of something.
Sensory noticing generally involves more than one sense at the same time. It also quite often means that we imagine beyond the immediate thing/event/action/person. So when we watch a film, we might notice an image or a sound or both as movement or a moment – but we might also imagine at the same time what this smells like. We might also imagine an emotional state accompanying this noticing.
Sometimes of course we notice an absence or we just sense something we can’t put our finger on.
Ethnographers like me want to notice and to interpret actions and events using all of our senses. This is a film used in research training; it was made as an exercise in sensory noticing, interpreting and imagining into the action/events.