The world we see is supposedly the equivalent of desktop icons that are convenient for handling the underlying quantum reality. In that construct, what is a picture? Can it help us peel the paint off an icon and see our iconification process at work, if not more of the namelessness beyond? Pictures do not normally call for action - there is no need to catch the vase that the cat is knocking off the table - but we can feel the impulse and connect with the beauty of the cat before putting the picture away. (The picture has no life, but still comes alive after the death of the cat. The vase was never alive, but we loved it.) Looking at a street photo of a woman I felt beautiful, I was stunned to have to puzzle out what hit me - somehow the perceived possibility of interaction and being seen blinds me to the mundane reality of the person. That would be one case of the photo showing more of the underlying reality of the moment, insofar as we trust recorders without feelings, but I want to see something really quantum and beyond what I'd see if I had no feelings and could freeze time. (Freeze time to what? Could there be a photo with 0 sec shutter speed? Technology gives incredibly short shutter times for exploding atom bombs, but still some time elapses to get a photo that we study at our leisure, like Proust but in English translation. Making sense of reality with pictures turns time to Tarot, collapsing meanings like shuffled and splayed cards, but to what end?) Ok, I'm giving up on seeing more of quantum reality directly through photos, except insofar as my processes of perception and reaction themselves are part of that quantum reality, and I can study those by looking at pics. What I learn is partly what I naturally missed as I was taking the picture, but also from organizing the photos in various ways I see my own patterns of looking - how my interests condition my reality - and odd sensations arise in response, which are both scary, because I see my limitations, and intoxicating, because it feels like I'm getting deeper into my own circuitry, seeing my archetypes not in the pictures but in the spaces between.