Looking is a basic human activity that involves the intentional fixation of the gaze onto a specific subject. Typically, the act of looking requires one to have eye-sight and implies the psychological interpretation of what is seen, leading to the decision of whether or not to maintain one’s gaze or to look away. In this way, looking is done to obtain information visually, but is also used to convey interest in someone or something, or to communicate another sentiment, as in a non-verbal cue. Among the many nuanced forms of looking, the term also may be used to more specifically denote a search for something in particular, such as when one looks for Waldo, or Wally, in a “Where’s Waldo?” puzzle.
Related to our ability to look at things, viewing distances set the ideal conditions for observing a specific object, display, or performance through the natural human eye. From art and projected movies, to the televisions in our private living rooms and our various digital devices, each act of viewing requires a unique and specific relationship between the human body and the viewed object for the optimal experience. Ideal viewing distances are defined to reduce the amount of strain we put on our eyes while maintaining a high level of detail and immersion in the viewing experiences.
A looking glass is a reflective surface that you can see yourself in. It is an archaic and literary form of the word ‘mirror’. The word glass, with the root meaning ‘to shine’, can also refer to the word ‘mirror’. A looking glass can also refer to the concept of change and self-presentation—as in the the common phrase “through the looking glass."
Good looking means having an aesthetic or physically attractive appearance. Pretty, handsome, or beautiful are synonyms of good looking.
The phrase “Here’s looking at you, kid” is fondly remembered from Rick’s famous line from the film Casablanca. The phrase means that he/she is happy the other person is there, and that the other person looks attractive.