enjoyed reading your article rationalizing some of the urges one has in taking a picture and about the "cycle of photography".
and I also agree that spontaneous shots are rarely fulfilling the personal expectations, but maybe this is merely a personal requirement which wouldn't encounter the same criticism from a third person...
and yes: I also think that one is able to learn to 'see' things, to 'see' a landscape and that this impression is not only different if one knows the history of the places but it will also show differently in the pictue itself. on the other hand 'seeing' itself is affected by the experience and line of work one is doing. myself for example do most of my profession - which is not photography - under a microscope, so I really end up perceiving first the details, really minute mostly and it requires a consciouss effort, a stepback to be able to see the whole..
thank you for your thoughts.