A photograph is a visual stimulus that should trigger an emotion in the viewer. What kinda emotion is less important. Fellow human, connecting viewer with whatever- all bullocks my friend. Yes, a photographer can be self centered or narcissistic. But the photographer is not connected to the photo he/she took . At least not in the mind of viewer. And while I also don’t give a dam about the hardship or whatever the photographer had to go through… many, many, many people love to read the story behind a photograph and about the photographer and they devour all BS photographers can be rambling about with great appetite…But that’s just my 2 cents on this.