On face value, an easy question. It's my job, I make my living creating images that others can use.... or I want to capture the important moments in my life to safeguard or share them with others.... or I want to document the things I see around me.... or I see details in the world around me that others miss and I want to highlight them for whatever reason.... or My vision of the world isn't the same as everyone else's, I want to create images that make people see things in a different light.... or I see things in nature that are fleeting but which I think others would appreciate if they had only been where I was when I was.... or I want to create something and this is my creative outlet.... or or.... Why do you bother taking images? What inspires you? What do you hope to achieve with your images? Why spend your time with photography rather than something else? An easy answer for the professional photographers out there--it pays the bills. But what about everyone else? I will post my own answer to this topic, but I don't want the thread to be about me. I'm genuinely curious about the responses of others and don't want to contaminate the thread with my own reasons before others have had a chance to respond.