I posted a lightly edited version of the previous essay about what it might mean for a photograph to look like a photograph to LuLa forums.
My, what fun! You'd think I'd peed in their coffee.
It turns out that people like big prints and I am a bad person, or at least dumb, for proposing that one should print small.
I was even told that viewing photos at a small viewing angle was rare.
In fact, virtually all photos have been and still are viewed very small.
How many 4x6 or 3x5 prints have you looked at (perhaps in your youth)? How many photos have you seen only on a phone or tablet? How many larger prints, hung on the wall, have you seen mostly from across the room? How many photos have you seen in books and magazines.
This business of standing at some invented 'proper viewing distance' from a print is in fact the rare case, the almost-never case.
We generally do view photos small. That's part of why they look like photos.