Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
I personally hate these sort of lectures and perhaps itís because Iíve seen too many of them. When someone tells me they are a photographer I often like to look at their images. However, once I start hearing a lecture about why/meanings and stuff I turn off. If I look at pictures by Atget, Kertesz and the like, or even much less accomplished photographers, I can often understand what they are doing or trying to do. I donít need to read a dissertation to appreciate or make value judgements about an image.

The grander scheme of the talk is not photography - it is about appreciating the world around us, and the people in it, perhaps even to see something good about those we don't like.
Photography and light was used as a metaphor to bring that message forward; it isn't about photography per se.