Photographs Reading Us?

Daryl Barnett (dbarnett@CATS.UCSC.EDU)
Fri, 5 Jan 1996 23:57:14 -0800

Has anyone ever heard of or experienced the phenomenom of a photograph
"illuminating the consciousness" of the person who gazes at a photograph? I
suspect that this can be experienced by those who look at a photograph of a
familiar person or site (a relative, a familiarily associated location, a
"well known" person, etc.). Points or persona's of inspiration is what I am
trying to describe.

Looking at a photograph or image of a majestic geographical site or a
reknowned person of inspirational or charismatic character can stir someone
emotionally when gazed upon. But I have heard of a deeper experience
whereupon the viewer has claimed to have a "deeper connection" or
"association" with the imaged, and atests that there is a form of
communication that can be carried out with the imaged.

In particular, I have heard of two-way, mental communications happening
between devotees and photos of saids "guru's". Certainly this must type of
activity must be considered to be "prayerlike". If anyone has heard of this
type of behavioral interaction, I would be interested in hearing more about
it's social-scientific, psychological classification.

Daryl Barnett
Daryl Barnett
University of California Santa Cruz
Anthropology Major