After many years of looking at, reading about, and collecting photographs and photo books, I am still interested in and respond most strongly to the "straight" or documentary style image. The tension between the apparent reality of a straight photograph and the fantasy revealed upon close inspection is what interests me most and is, in my opinion, what gives photography its power.
Put another way the camera always lies...and the more subtle the lie the better. Because the photograph is caused by the reflected light of the natural world and is capable of producing a "realistic" appearance, one can forget that it is an abstraction of the natural world, not the natural world itself. As Garry Winogrand described it: "A photograph is the illusion of a literal description of how the camera "saw" a piece of time and space."
I respond, and I hope the viewer will too, to the apparently bland or decorative image that surprises or delights the mind and rewards careful observation.