Some people (and they will never disappear) are interested only in technique. "How?" is the most important question for them, while others, including me, want to know "Why?" Inspiring idea of a picture has always meant more to me.
Quality of human imagination, not technique and knowledge of technical execution, is all that matters for the art of photography (for any kind of art, actually!) Camera and Photoshop for a photographer, paintbrush for a painter, pencil for a writer are just tools using which their imagination can create.
I believe in imagination. What I cannot see on a picture is more valuable than what I can... My dreams and creations consciously or unconsciously exist inside my world; somewhere between "there is" and "there could be"...