Utilizing your creative vision
I find some of my best (or at least my favourite) work came more in the discovery phase of my photography. Since then I think we both can agree we fell into the technical trap for a while and through our discussions, we've managed to get away from that mindset.
Nowadays I focus less on the "banger shot" and more on the "what am I thinking/feeling" and trying to communicate that through my work. Almost back to where I started really.
Interesting. There´s no way to untie photography from technical progress. Other arts like painting or literature of course changed with progress, but mainly due to the change of human mind; painting and writing were always done basically in the same manner. But photography was an invention. In my view though the idea of untie your mind from the gear you use is not a bad one.
This sounds so familiar. I've always enjoyed snapping photos of my kids, pets, and things I found beautiful. I really got into photography when I started my first blog and didn't want to deal with copyright and attribution and get in trouble for posting someone else's image. So I started taking my own photos for the blog and it kind of snowballed from there. I went from a point and shoot to a DSLR and have been upgrading those every since because of that whole "better gear, better photographs" thing which I'm trying to break. Right now, I get the simplest pleasure out of photographing "my birds" at our wetlands. I do enjoy taking photos of people and getting the occasional paid gig. But I want to get that creative pleasure back for myself as well, and not care so much what people think!