|I'd suspect, richy, that there is a sizeable minority here, myself included, who'd readily agree with you (the parts of your post I chose to quote). As one who has been aesthetically obsessed for most of his life, I have found that the more intimately personal the (aesthetic) vein, the greater its universal appeal, if not sense...
I have also found, that the more alone I feel in my particular views and perceptions, the greater the surprise that there are others who share this particular predicament. Participation is the only way to savour our paradoxidal ways.
I feel the same way. I'm new to the site and am only beginning to understand what is involved in a GOOD photograph. I find my Oil painting perceptions do not always apply. But I am learning. I guess there is a learning curve, right now I am on the way down. Possibly there will come a time when it goes up.
Iíve noticed that I get so involved in the idea of the challenge that I forget it has to be a perfect photograph. Iím not at the stage now to do too many comments. I put a big emphasis on the ideas and not enough on the quality. And both have to be met especially the quality in the shot.
I am in my own little world