I'm a bit late to this conversation, but will still make a small contribution.
I agree with Ali's definition in message 4, and I prefer to follow the making
of photographs, though I believe that this process would most likely involve something being shifted - whether that be a perspective or person - in order to get the desired result. There is, I believe, a limit to what steps can be taking to make
a photograph so that it doesn't become too contrived. The news cameras can often be accussed of this - for example, protestors putting on a more verbal or physical demonstration just because they know the world is watching. Would this occur demonstration occurs anyway, or does a camera heighten the reactions? People with cameras also need to be wary of this factor.
The reason for me favouring the making
approach are twofold. The first is to share my experiences with the family and friends back home. Since I almost always travel on my own, this is an important consideration. However, the main reason is because I love to create. The US psychologist, Abraham Maslow, stated that the most essential ingredient to achieve self-actualisation was that of creativity - and it is something I have pursued my whole life in various forms. Trying to form that ever elusive perfect photo or blog is an immense joy to me. When at home I rarely photograph or write blogs, as there are many other creative pursuits instead, but on the open road, it is the only outlet. When people question me as to what three possessions are most important, I always choose in order: Health, Freedom, Creativity.
Not only is the question to ponder whether you take
photographs, but are there factors that dissuade you from taking
any photos? For me, this normally occurs when a local person is sharing information about their lives, beliefs, hopes and dreams. Though one may be located a quiet corner of a restaurant or on a bus, both of which are public locations, such conversations can be personal and intimate. Despite my desire to make
a photo to permanently record this event, to suddenly produce a large camera - an item that many people see an intrusive - would detract from that moment. Thus, there are many sights I see on my travels that I would never record or never write about.