What are you doing when you take a picture?
It occurs to me that, from one picture to the next, pictures come from different places in the photographers hearts and minds. In other words, something makes each picture happen, call it a "driver,", and those "drivers" probably vary a lot across pictures and photographers.
The other thing that would seem to vary a lot would be the impact or purpose the picture eventually serves. Sometimes, when the picture does what the photographer intended, the driver and the impact may be roughly the same thing. Other times, pictures are happy (or perhaps unhappy) accidents, when the impact of the photo is different (or more or less) than the photographer intended. (My guess is that most good shots are a mixture of plans and happy accidents.) Other times, I guess, the driver may have little to do with any intended impact of the photo. Sometimes we take shots with little concern as to what they say, who may see them, or the impact they may have. My guess is that some of these are pretty good pictures.
I'm also thinking that we are often doing more than one thing with any given picture.
I thought it might be interesting to list things we do when we take pictures, either drivers or impacts. I'd be interested in what you may think about all this.