That’s the way I like to approach art. I think I do my best work, and sometimes my worst work, when I am either not thinking at all or when I need to think of something, if that makes any sense. By not thinking I mean not preconceiving. Just going out and shooting whatever I come across that interests me. It can be a grand scene or a tiny detail – pretty, pretty sad, or pretty strange, it doesn’t matter. And by thinking of something, I mean when I’m just not finding anything, or the light is just not good for a normal approach, or I don’t have the “right” gear with me and I have to make a compromise. I find that if I push myself in those situations, instead of giving up, I come up with something satisfying that I never intended. Which takes me back to the not preconceiving thing. It doesn’t always work, but when it does it’s a good thing.
It works for me, whether at the time of shoot or later during processing. It’s the circle of my photography.