What I do: Recording a location, as it is, not necessarily creating a piece of art but rather showing its true tenor. Finding some particular beauty in a location and showing it as well as I can. I don't get nostalgic in my photos, other than sometimes showing how an area used to look and how it looks now. See what I see.
New places, old places--sometimes you have to look at the familiar as if you've never seen it before. How would someone who has never been there know what it will look like on their first visit?