I am interested in other people's thoughts on this subject. <p> How does the way in which we practice our photography as individuals reflect our philosophy? If we practice photography in more than one audience (i.e.: I photograph both as a job and for my own pleasure), does our practice vary? <p> My example --- In more recent years I have become more and more conservative in my technical approach. I used to be almost frantically changing cameras, trying different focal legnth lenses, filters, films, etc. As my career has expanded and developed a bit, I have found that I am less interested in trying every different little thing in the stuff I do for my own pleasure --- I use two cameras each with a single lens almost exclusively for that( a medium format camera with an 80mm lens and a 35 mm with a 35mm lens). Certainly a large part of this change to a simplified technical approach is that having access to all the expensive pieces of gear through my work lessens their appeal --- I know now that having a few different focal legnth lenses in the kit may make getting the job done easier in my studio work, but in the work I do for my own pleasure I would rather see what I can do with a smaller, lighter, more limited set of gear. <p> A large part of what is running my current thoughts on this change in philosophy is that I think I have lost interest in photography as a purely technical exercise --- I am more interested in it as a method of observing the world. Thus I am fascinated more by stories of how people became interested enough in a certain subject matter in order to photograph it than what camera or lens they used. Trying to remain very consistent in technical matters (using the same film and developer for example -- I use 1 b&w neg film, only 2 or 3 different transparency films, 2 or so color print films only) helps keep technical aspects under control --- there are fewer surprises over what did or did not work since the technical remains constant. Does anyone else have thoughts on this subject?