The photographic work Gaze Multiple – Hawthorn (2021) comprises five vertical panels presented parallel to each other in a composition inspired by East Asian folding screens. The work offers a multitude of white, green and blue spheres and smudges, enacting the visual presence of hawthorn trees in full bloom. Gaze Multiple – Hawthorn explores how we sense and perceive the environment beyond ‘optical’ resemblance. To create this suggestive image the artists used a portrait lens with a big aperture to maximize the aesthetic qualities of the photographic out-of-focus (or bokeh in Japanese). The work incites a visual sensibility that emphasizes the impact of sensation, movement, color and light. The series Gaze Multiple is part of a PhD research project in which Hiryczuk and Van Oevelen investigate how a plural understanding of the gaze can offer an alternative and more complex approach to what seeing can mean for our relation with the environment.