I obsess over technical details , always have and always will, but I also am as obsessive about the aesthetics of photography.
I find that they work well together in my solarization work as I can push the boundries with process to get an image that pleases me. Because of the technical testing I know how to push the envelope and understand what is going on, which allows me to the make creative adjustments to please my eye.
Both are critical in my view, and equally worthy of discussion.
technically pushing a 35 mm negative to 40 x60 inches is technically challenging. If done well is a thing of beauty, aesthetically speaking of course.