Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

What can we learn from Georges Seurat?


When I do a lot of O' technique training I see the terrain and the map well. When I look out in the terrain, I have a good picture in my head of what the map would look like. When I look at the map, I have a good picture of what the terrain would look like.

When I haven't done a lot of O' technique training I don't see the terrain so well. In particular, I tend to get tunnel vision. I look at the small features on the map and try to find them in the terrain. I don't necessarily see the big features. And, it is a lot easier to orienteer when you see the big features and don't get fixated on the small features.

I was thinking of all of this today when I was thinking about the painter Georges Seurat. If you stand really close to a Seurat painting you see lots of little spots of color. But, you don't really see what is going on. Take a couple of steps back, look at the big picture, and you see an image.

Training a lot of O' technique lets me do the equivalent of taking a few steps back from a Seurat painting.

Check out one of Seurat's most famous paintings at the Chicago Art Institute web page. Click on the "view closeup" link and you can zoom in and back out. Cool.

And check out this wierd map

Take a look at the wierd O' map on Kurt Huber's web page.

posted by Michael | 7:51 PM


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