Do you enjoy looking at photos – how do you respond to them?
This recent photo is Tony in a wheelchair pushed by Barbara in Epping Forest [photo by Victoria].  Anyhow, we got talking about photos at a time when seeing those we love has been curtailed.  I know that not everyone enjoys having their photo taken.  And again, some people find looking at old photographs leads to painful memories of those they have ‘loved and lost.’  But, occasionally there’s something in a photo that “really takes your eye.”  Roland Barthes, in a wonderful book, describes most photographs as having an average effect. He uses a Latin word [‘punctum’] to suggest that this general response to a photograph is sometimes ‘disturbed:’ it is like “an accident which pricks me, or bruises me, is poignant to me, is an arrow that pierces me” [‘Camera Lucida’ 1980].
Footnote - I don’t need the wheelchair indoors for this rare neurological movement disorder diagnosed 2010.