Translated as "All-seeing", Panopticon is a photographic term, first coined by UK based artist, Ruski. It is used to describe a particular style of 360° panoramic images, rendered in a stereographic projection, such that the entire scene surrounds a central vantage point.
The unique perspective generated is instantly recognisable, though can sometimes be mistaken for fish-eye images. Photographs from outside, appear like a little planet, wheras indoor scenes can be transformed with ceiling structures encircling the scene.
The term was inspired by the original use in prison design, where the cells, and the prisoners within, all surround and are visible from a single central spot.
"Wow, look at that awesome panopticon photograph"
A design concept where all areas of an interior space are visible from any point outside the confined area. Also refers to a unique prison structure built by philosopher Jeremy Bentham, allowing guards unobstructed views of inmates, without inmates being aware that every area of the cell is monitored. Panopticon could be used in a metaphorical sense as vulnerable, revealing, voyeur, or in general to describe watching someone living in a glass house.
Sorry, bad example. Here's another example:
"The capsized men were stuck in a watery panopticon where sharks prey." -C.B.