I’m choosing here to refer to those who will one day look at and experience our photographs as readers, not viewers. While viewers is accurate and I’m indifferent to which word you yourself use, I think the distinction here forces a focus on the intentional and active interaction with a photograph, which is what I’m hoping you’ll see depth as a means of achieving. To view something is a passive activity, really the opposite of participation or interaction. My hope in my own photography is that the photographs engage people, draw them in, make them more than viewers but readers. In a good story the Storyteller provides the words and the grammar which in turn builds whole characters, settings, and plots. But it is the reader who provides the imagination, the interpretation. It is the interaction between the words and the reader that brings the story to life, and I hope my photographs will have the same chance at life in the eyes—and imaginations—of others.
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