Welcome to the Philosophy of Photography forum on photo.net. Ther was an old LUSENET forum of the same name, which decided to move rather than be incorporated into the photo.net structure when LUSENET was wound down. This is not that forum, though it may serve a similar function. The purpose of this new forum is to provide a venue for serious discussions of photography - or discussions of serious photography. "Serious" doesn't mean dry and humorless, but it means dealing with the real basic issues which underly photography, not voting on your "favorite lens" or discussing why Canon is so clearly superior/inferior to Nikon, or even asking what the best film is for photographing black dogs in Italy at 3pm in the afternoon. We already have forums that deal quite well with those questions. As mentioned in the "about" section of this forum, the "Philosphy of Photography" is to photography as "Theology" is to religion. It's a discussion of the underlying principles of the subject rather than their practical application. It's quite difficult to define exactly what will and what won't be considered appropriate for this forum, but we'll find that out as we go along I guess! I've zapped a few questions from the archives of the photo.net froum just to start things off and give readers some idea of the sort of topics we might discuss here. However, from the start, the intention is that this forum is not for the discussion of specific items of equipment (or how to use them) and it's not "yet another place" to ask for image critiques. We already have forums devoted to those topics. This forum will not accept "no words" threads. Again there are other venues for such posts. Small images (less than 511 pixels wide) may be attached to posts when they illustrate some point being made in the discussion. We have no categories defined yet. As the forum develops, categories can be created if it seems they will be of use.