Developing a Personal Vision
Recently, Mark Hobson wrote an interesting piece titled "Most Girls Just Want To Have Fun" on his Landscapist blog. This one is definitely worth saving. He gives a great example of landscape photographers who would give the same response when asked about the meaning in their photographers; "Ain't the grandeur of nature just grand."
Mark replies, "If that's as deep as your vision goes you're not exactly traveling in a rarefied circle of thought." He argues that most photographers photograph because they just want to have fun, not because they're trying to express an artistic vision that has been refined based on personal experience.
I agree with him completely. I only wish it weren't true.