Published December 4, 2020 | Version Published
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Tracking the Loving Gaze

  • 1. Cyprus University of Technology, Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts


Tracking the Loving Gaze is a futile attempt to follow, map and capture the way cherished personal photographs are viewed. The authors asked 30 people to look at a preselected photograph that held a special meaning for them, while using an eye tracker. The raw visual data from this process---heat maps, focus maps and scan paths---became the foundation of a body of work that includes darkroom prints, short videos and a limited-edition artist book. Apart from exploring the invisible viewing processes of personal photography, this article introduces the concepts of the detached and the invested viewer, as well as the corresponding concepts of the cold and the loving gaze.


This work has been partly supported by the project that has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 739578 (RISE – Call: H2020-WIDESPREAD-01-2016-2017-TeamingPhase2) and the Republic of Cyprus through the Deputy Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy.


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RISE – Research Center on Interactive Media, Smart System and Emerging Technologies 739578
European Commission