"A photograph is both a pseudo-presence and a token of absence. Like a wood fire in a room, photographs, especially those of people, of distant landscapes and faraway cities, of the vanished past-are incitements to reverie. The sense of the unattainable that can be evoked by photographs feeds directly into the erotic feelings of those for whom desirability is enhanced by distance."
Susan Sontag, "On Photography"
It has been many years since I have read this prolific and highly detailed essay on photography. I remember it took many months and that I kept a dictionary by my side and a small notebook for the entire read. It was one of those books that would require so much thought that I would often just read a paragraph per sitting. I was so impressed by her verbal skills, I made a special trip to Chicago in the 80's to listen to a sold out public lecture at the Art Institute. She died of cancer in 2004.