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"In themselves, images mean little. What one brings to them or what one hopes or expects from them constitutes a meaning. Most of us tend to take things too literally by way of sense and learned identification. I want to get at another aspect of experiencing, to see beyond the image, behind appearance. Taking things too literally stands in the way of this—like a veil."
Caponigro, a photographer, is referring to photographic images, but this taking things too literally applies to many aspects of human life. And it almost always gets in the way of meaning.