It's kinda like Goldilocks and the Three Bears. When the crop is just right, the photograph is complete and the story is told without requiring any further explanation. I found a further example of this concept in the introduction to Ansel Adams' book Examples; The Making of 40 Photographs published in 1983.
IntroductionExamples The Making of 40 Photographs
More images and fewer words should be my goal to avoid "pointless intellectual carousels." Ansel certainly had a way with words as well as photographs.
See ya around,