...or your background in it, or your background outside it, or what you care about as much or more than photography. Here's mine, in response to a puzzling comment on the "purist" thread by Allen Herbert: Allen apparently thinks I'm a "purist," "stuck in the mud" etc. He jumped to a mistaken conclusion. 1) The images in my P.N gallery are simply images that make me happy. Several are simply friends and extended family. I don't advocate images like them to others, and I don't advocate their techniques. My Minor White touch is significant to me and a few others, but someone else's more contemporary connections are more important to them, an perhaps to photography going forward. 2) I like most of the work in Allen's P.N portfolio. 3) I'm a good scanner and inkjet printer...I enjoy CS2 and Lightroom. I do almost no digital photography, mainly because I've not yet done what I want to do with film. Maybe "stuck in the mud" does apply, I'm late to the party, but I certainly appreciate digital photography's merits and potential. Photographing for money, I'd only shoot digital. 4) Photoshop manipulations can add value to images, or even create them, but I think the tendency (eg. as seen on P.N) is to be trivial, little more than painting by numbers. That's not a "purist" view, it's an elitist view. Call me elitist or judgmental, not "purist." Some things are good, others bad. Up, down. Black, white. Dull, exciting. Magical, dud. Significant, trivial. That's not to say there aren't grey areas. I, for example, hope to be a mediocre photographer. I shoot film and have a narrow range of interests, as well as limited skills. My work is the ultimate free-lance weirdness...I'm a headhunter. My dozen year photo career was big-city traditional and graphics-oriented. My best stuff was classic large format food photography for large advertising agencies. I made a good living at that, quit on the way up because I was unsuited to the social complexities of dealing with art directors. This means I'm a 64-year-old hobbiest. I left a photography career long ago. In recent years, when offered money for work, I have done what I chose and for free if at all. It's a gratifying exploration: I'm merely a fairly intense amateur.