Chuq von Rospach posted a great piece about differentiating between “vacation snapshots” and more deliberate photography. He was expanding on a contemplative post by Guy Tal and made this fabulous point:
When you start shooting images that are intended to be enjoyed by others, you no longer have the ability to trigger a memory. You have to create one. Your image can’t invoke a reaction to something that happened to have an emotional response, it has to initiate that emotional response.
Go read both articles. I need to absorb more of Tal’s writing, a photographer I’ve only recently discovered (here’s a good reference for Tal and others that I want to check out).