I sometimes think of a lecture in my first PH101 class on Albert Camus and making photographs. I would like to know where in Camus' writing the discussion of the photographer attempting to be the subject photographed occurs. As I recall it was specifically about him making a portrait of a friend. The thrust of it that I have retained was that one should, near as possible, become that person. Portraiture is an obvious theme that would lend itself to that. I don't recall if it was Camus or my instructor that expanded on that idea to include non-persons. Attempting more than superficial representation of inanimate objects is a conventional exercise in the arts. Never mind anthropological issues like animism. One thinks of dance, music and theater. As a photography student, especially in the Aquarian '60s, being a rock or tree stump in order to obtain a more comprehensive rendering of its essences seemed perfectly reasonable. And still does.