Old photographs I find in antique stores, I think of how much a living relative of these people would love to have these pictures.
I'm not quite sure if empathy is possible toward inanimate ob<x>jects. Mainly empathy is felt toward living things. When one has a feeling toward art, it is known as "appreciation".
That depends on the type and strength of ones ability...When an artist paints a picture,a poet writes a poem,etc. Etc. They imprint on what they are working on...Some empathics can actually read a perrsons type on the internet because their energy is carried on the electroonic highway.
I just call it really getting into art.
You do, it's just about finding your medium. Some people write, others paint. For instance, I'm crap at painting, good at directing, good at writing, good at playing guitar, but I'm an atrocious artist, I couldn't draw an apple to save my life.
Try photography or something it's a lot more than just pointing and clicking. You might like it.