Now, I want to raise a question of contrivance.
When you look at a photographer's work have you ever thought "that looks contrived"? Does it bother you that something is contrived? Or that it looks over-worked, or as though it was made in a studio, or with actors? Does this sense of contrivance, if it builds up over a body of work wind you up, enrage you, distance you?
How do you avoid contrivance when you are making pictures. If you have built a skill set founded on strong (classical?)compositional ideas do you find a tendency towards a contrived quality in your photos? If not, have you ever been conscious of it. If so, did you make an effort to eradicate it?
Thinking about action, humour, decisive moments - can elements of good fortune of skillful timing and attention to detail in these domains appear to make work seem contrived, scripted?
Is contrivance bad?