How do we think about photographs?

Hi, folks. I have a question for you — that is, for anyone who looks at photographs and also writes or talks or thinks about them.

When you look at a photograph, what questions do you ask about it? What steps do you take in the process of making a judgment about the photograph, or in deciding how you feel about it? What happens in the time between when you first see the photograph and when you decide whether or not it is interesting to you?

Update: Follow-up post here

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