All good children's books, I think, address metaphysical issues in some kind of way.
I still find doing portraits a terrific challenge, but even though I've done hundreds of them, I've never stopped questioning the very nature of portraiture because it deals exclusively with appearances. I've never believed people are what they look like and think it's impossible to really know what people are.
Photography does deal with 'truth' or a kind of superficial reality better than any of the other arts, but it never questions the nature of reality - it simply reproduces reality. And what good is that when the things of real value in life are invisible?
Usually when painters use photographs, they enlarge and copy them and simply make a large, boring painting of a large, boring photograph.
Linton Kwesi Johnson