From time to time there are discussions here on pnet centered around the theme of: “I love taking pictures but I’m not sure of what I want to photograph.” I thought it would be interesting to do a general query about how we all experience this idea of “what do I photograph,” and why for that matter. Very early on for me it was always the notion of wanting to capture and preserve something interesting that I was seeing. Now that I have been doing it for more than 40 years, it’s even more clear to me that I never have to intentionally set out to look for something to photograph. But, rather, just the opposite happens, as I go through life subjects appear to me and just “scream” at me to be photographed. As soon as that happens, all my attention gets focused on the task, that is, if there’s time, and if I have my camera handy. This can be true for an interesting landscape, a persons face, and even just stuff around the house, including our pets, of course. For example, recently I was about to scrape some vegetable trimmings into the garbage when I noticed the serendipitous composition on the cutting board, which was "shouting" at me to be photographed, so I did. I mentioned this idea to a woman I work with who loves to photograph the flowers in her garden. She practically fell out of the chair she was sitting in, explaining to me that “I know what you mean, when I go into my yard and see my flowers I just have to photograph them.” I understand that some people have philosophical ideas about art, or doing documentary work and so forth. I assume we all have different reasons for taking pictures. We use the same tools but for different reasons and with great variety of results, which to me just makes it all the more interesting.