Equivalence and the Experience of the Viewer

from the series, Up, © 2012 Dave Ortiz


The intro page to my website has a quote from Minor White that describes the experience of viewing a photograph in the equivalent tradition. I thought it germane to our discussion and so I post it here.

Dreams and photographs have something in common, those photographs that yield to contemplation at least have a quality about them that tempt one to set associations going. What you will find will be your own. The experience cannot be compared to addition because that implies one right answer and many wrong ones. Instead the experience should be compared to an equation one factor of which is the viewer’s depth mind. When so treated there are many right answers as persons who contemplate the pictures and only one wrong answer; no experience.


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