Meaning in Photography
What question should be asked, to create a conversation, when a photographer shows a picture?
"How did you make it? Can you tell me the story behind it?"
If I ask "Where" was it taken, that question shows you only want to talk about my experience, and it ignores the photograph itself.
Asking "When did you take it" is just like asking where. The question implies I want to put the image into a category and tell you about my experience. Likewise, it ignores the subject of the photograph.
When I ask "What aperture, what shutter, what camera, how long it took" the photograph itself is again ignored. These qualities are meh, meta, and have nothing to do with the meaning of the photograph. Asked the "how long did it take" question, a photographer might just answer that the travel time to get to the location was a week, and that it took a lifetime of perceiving and seeing to be able to see the photograph before touching the camera.
So, the most interactive and interesting question we viewers can pose is: "Can you tell me the story about this photograph?" We could also just keep silent, and look, and look again at the photograph.