I’m just curious about this. I find many of the discussions on this forum interesting, but it seems there are many people who are thinking a lot about what they want to photograph, and why, or are they in touch with what they are doing, etc. I just find myself out of the loop in this type of discussion. This is because my “inner process” can be described as one in which I am always inundated with image-compositions literally “coming at me” all the time. I can either pay attention to this “stream,” as I do when I have a camera in my hands, and literally everything else gets tuned out, or I can turn it down quite a bit to concentrate on other things. With scenes and objects its more of a geometric thing; my mind is always framing interesting/stimulating combinations of textures and forms. With people it really gets interesting; I watch, fascinated, as the amazing micro-expressions come and go on people’s faces moment to moment. With people I am drawn to the facial communication with its emotion and energy. If I had a camera in my head I would fill volumes with impromptu portraits. When I pick up a camera, what I have to do is quickly photograph what I can from the stream of image-compositions presenting themselves to me. Some are better than others, so I usually have to do some quick mental editing. Some of that has to do with noticing lighting and other factors that affect the overall image. Ultimately, the photos of mine I like the best are often ones I quickly “picked” out from the flow of possible compositions. I miss a lot of great images just because I don’t have a camera with me all the time, and even with a camera the image-compositions come and go so quickly I don’t always get the ones I want. Questions like how, or why, or to what end are not so much part of this process, which seems to be totally visual/emotional for me (different area of brain processing from intellect). If you peruse through my folders here you will see that the uniting theme is that they are all the images are literally from my daily life. So, I’m wondering how many other people experience this like I do? I have a suspicion there is a range, typical of most phenomena; a bell curve with me probably at one end, and others falling out all over the spectrum. And I’m certainly not implying that my own inner processes result in “better” photographs than someone who’s inner process is more “thought out” or methodical. The proof of the pudding is the photos that get printed and seen, and I have no doubt all the great photographs of the world have been created by individuals with all sorts of different inner processes.