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I think your sentiments on the subject are some of the saddest (emotionally) I've read on the subjects of photography on here :-(. You almost make it sound like you hate yourself! It sounds like you get something from photography, to "please your eyes" for a given moment... But to not do anything with them after seems a little odd to meat least. I've always thought about end product, and that's never been nothing. I guess better (marginally) that you use a lens and camera, than a whole in someone's fence to satisfy something
I don't hate myself, but I definitely don't like my life. It's empty to say the least and photography is just something to do with my time.
I can't see any reason to print my images. Putting my own photos on my wall would feel like walking around with a golden suit or something. No one is visiting my home so the only person seeing them would be me anyway.
When I'm finished, the image is not interesting anymore. At least not for me and I immediately forget it and start searching for the next one. A hard drive failure wouldn't change a thing.
There are still good reasons to get nice gear though. Of course I look at my images in fairly large sizes on my screen, but even downsized for the web, you can see a clear difference between expensive gear and less expensive gear. I don't mind the cost eithter. There's really nothing else that I like to buy with my money, so why not?
I see your point. In fact, it's the same point really for all of us who have photography as a passionate hobby rather than a profession. I have thousands of dollars of gear, and I use it primarily for shots for me and my family. I mean, I could probably get by with just an advanced compact like the RX100 or something, but I enjoy the craft too much to just go with that all the time. I guess it's the same even if you don't print or look at your images well after the fact. I think most of us can identify with the 'photography as an escape' feeling and the thing that you enjoy doing, as I'm certainly the same way, as are I'm sure most of the people here.
I do print a fair bit (though not a ton). I print a lot of 4x6 shots for photo albums (family shots), and 2-3 times a year I do a print run of my favorite images. Most don't end up on the wall, but I still like having the prints...there's something about seeing your images on the paper. Anyway, the rest do go on the wall, at home and at my office. At home, all the stuff on the walls with the exception of one map and two posters (one from Bruges, Belgium and the other from Prague) is my photos. It's not a self-congratulatory type of thing. Most are from trips my wife and I have taken, or are pictures of my daughter. A few are just pictures I liked that make good wall decoration.