"Pretty, innocent, and kind"

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Posted by HSG on June 12, 2004 at 19:30:06:

In Reply to: Re: Valerie: Seraph of light posted by Chad on June 11, 2004 at 20:14:23:

Chad makes an interesting point. Although it is hardly surprising that Valerie's images evoke ardent responses from male viewers, her work elicits strong reactions from visitors of both genders, young and old alike.

Here is a telling comment that one reader sent us when she voted for Valerie on our survey page:

Everyone here is beautiful, but Valerie looks to me like one who will still be beautiful when she is 100...Pretty, innocent, childlike and kind. Everything I would like to be.


"Pretty," is obvious, but Dawn has no way of knowing whether Ms. Lefkowtz is, in fact, "innocent" and "kind," or not. Valerie's work has affected Dawn in the manner of genuine art, in that it has elicited an emotional response based on a degree of affinity between the viewer and the image. Valerie's work stirred Dawn's imagination to interpret her photographs based on elements in her own personality, and may even inspire her to cultivate those elements.

This manner of "reader response" is one of art's most profound effects. No wonder goddesses of beauty played such an important role in the Western tradition, considering their ability to touch people's hearts in such powerful ways.

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