This thought has been raised before. So sue me. I was getting a checkup from my dentist yesterday. He's a good photographer. The session stretched out because he wanted to show me some recent shots. He could use more work on PP--this from someone who is certainly no great shakes at it--but he takes some very nice photos. He said that his wife has asked him why he bothers taking photographs. No one ever sees them, she said. Well I do, he told her, and I care whether they're good or not. His wife has a point, though, and I've certainly wondered the same thing. Why bother? The only answers I come up with: (1) I like new challenges and learning new things. I've learned a lot about photography but there's still a ton I don't know, and the learning itself is fun. (2) There's a certain magic for me when a print emerges from the printer. (3) It's a good excuse to go to lovely places.