the Secrets of the Prison Cell
Does it make any difference what kind of seperator that you have between you and your subject?
The light doesn't end-up directly in the eyes of the photographer. It goes through the lens or the viewfinder and processed there. When the photographer looks trough the camera's lens, she/he doesn't see a raw reflection of light. Most of the great photos are in longing the subject matter that crawls through the photographer's mind. Looking through the lens / viewfinder, the photographer impersonates its subject within a theatrical sketch of colorful fantasies and thoughts in her/his mind.
This way, photography reveals many of one's unknowns to the one's-self.