It is important to understand why you photograph because it is a part of photographic vision. Without photographic vision you are unlikely to create successful photographs.
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It is with deep internal reflections that we begin to understand the "why" question, and once answered we can then move into the "how" question. If you consider yourself an artist photographer, you have to know where you are going in order to get there.
Alain asks, "Why do you photograph? Why do you create art? Answering this question will go a long ways towards defining your vision for your work."