I have heard this a lot since I started taking photography seriously. It seems that at least a reasonable portion of photographers seem to think that every shot taken must have some deeper meaning, must be trying to "say something" to the viewer. My question is, why? Don't get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with trying to deliver a message of some sort through photography, but there seems to be a general attitude that any photography that fails at this, or even worse, wasn't taken with such intent in the first place, is pointless drivel and a waste of time. I see absolutely nothing wrong with photography that is intended to look neat or pretty, with no deeper meaning. So what if my shot of a unique texture on a sidewalk doesn't convey some deeper meaning about the ills of our society? It's just neat to look at. Who cares if my picture of a tree doesn't make the viewer want to weep? It's just a nice shot. I don't know... I've been thinking a lot about this recently, and I cannot understand the above stated attitude. What does everyone here think?