I'll separate myself from that, David. I don't see pure-ness or essence in vignettes or synecdoches. I see symbolism and suggestiveness. My first photo in the thread, the tear/cross photo, to me, has no pure or essential elements. The cross and tear and eye are not essential or the most pure or concentrated elements. They are simply the elements that make up the story I decided to create. For me, it's the elements that built the story, not the story that got reduced to these elements. The elements are the workhorses, not the essence. The story was not there yet to have had an essence. The story is ongoing, alive. It's not a finished fact whose essence we can know. There are extraneous components. The shadow in the corner of Scott's eye, the touch of gray in his sideburns. There are still flourishes. It's not a most concentrated form, IMO. A vignette or synecdoche is not like reducing a fraction to its lowest terms. One never reaches purity, I believe, in art. There's always more . . . or less.