We have all probably felt at some point, in our reading of novels or other books of opinion, a bond of some sort with the author. What he or she writes reverberates with our own thoughts, values, perceptions or ideals to the point that we feel almost as if we know the person very well, despite the fact that he or she may have lived in a past period and/or presently in a country far from our own. We embody his or her world and experience and feel a sort of friendship with the author. Sometimes this does not arrive from reading one book, but from several, and to some degree in knowing (and sharing) something of the life of the author. This can also happen in music and visual art. Benjamin Britten, Michael Tilson Thomas and Felix Leclerc (two generally known, one generally unknown) are composers who are my "friends" and who share similar views with my own on humanity, the stakes at play, and our environment. There are some authors, musicians and visual artists with whom I particularly bond to in terms of shared values, and a few much more than others. When I read, listen and view their works I feel that I am communicating with a "friend", and with whom I may even disagree on some things. Many photographs we see over the years can leave us impressed by their insight of things or events or of their impact on the viewer. But, importantly, this can happen without having anything to do with our feeling a close connection with the photographer. What I am referring to here is not that but instead the sense we might have of understanding and knowing where the photographer is coming from, of appreciating (and admiring) the values, thoughts or perceptions that come from reading the nature or intent of his or her images, and of feeling a bond or (albeit sometimes distant in place or time) friendship with the photographer. Does this occur for you, who, what and why? Is it possible to know and connect in friendship (shared values, experience, desires, etc.) with the generator of images, like we might with some author or composer we greatly appreciate and whose life has some parallels with our own?