In searching for the most compelling landscape photographs, often I try to find unique locations that have a broad view or perspective and combine that composition with dramatic light. If I’m successful, then the resulting image conveys a sense of awe.
In a 2012 study published in Psychological Science, Melanie Rudd, et. al., concluded that a sense of awe had a dramatic effect on our perception of time. “…participants who felt awe, relative to other emotions, felt they had more time available… and were less impatient.” “Experiences of awe bring people into the present moment, and being in the present moment underlies awe’s capacity to adjust time perception, influence decisions, and make life feel more satisfying than it would otherwise.”
Obviously, these conclusions could have an import for healthcare art. If you’re sick in a hospital bed or waiting in a waiting room, wouldn’t you want to feel less impatient, and feel as if life were more satisfying? A sense of awe from viewing a dramatic landscape photograph could be a valuable asset to the overall tone set by the décor & services provided.
Which of these images elicits the most sense of awe for you? Please leave a comment on the blog.
“Awe Expands People’s Perception of Time, Alters Decision Making, and Enhances Well-Being,” Melanie Rudd, Kathleen D. Vohs, & Jennifer Aaker, Psychological Science, Volume 23, Issue 10, August 2012.