There’s a lot of photography being done out there these days, and a lot of reasons being given for making photographs. In the art community, in particular, it often seems to me that a photograph is not seen to be complete without a small treatise of theory and explanation to accompany it.
Introspection in an artist is a good thing. I like to think about the reasons I do what I do, and certainly I encourage anyone engaged in an artistic discipline to do the same. But it can be taken too far, I think. Getting too wrapped up in the theory and explanation of photography takes away from its practice. It can get in the way of producing work or, even worse, compromise the purity of the work being done.
There are many reasons I practice photography, but only one that underlies them all – I strive to make the photographs that I want to see. I think this both helps to keep me grounded in my approach to photography and keeps me true to my own internal vision in my practice of it.