.... Forget the viewer. Your vision-photography-statement is all that matters. If you begin second guessing what people think of your work, you're draining energy away from forward artistic momentum and development. An artistic quicksand catch-22.
Absolutely. Well said and something to remember in LARGE TYPE.
They tell others what tends to catch my eye, what I am most likely to observe, and what interests me visually.
They may give hints about the rest of my personna, but not much more.
I learned long ago that you cannot accurately predict anything outside the realm of photography about people, based solely on reviewing their work. You need additional context, and biographical information.
If I have context and additional information and personal experience with a person, exposure to their photography tends to improve the depth and breadth of my understanding of them.
"As a Person" ?
IMO, Artistic expression says very little about who or what we really are. In my life the values that I hold, and the way I treat others is "The Person" that I am. History is filled with great artists that were lacking in good character traits, and vice-versa.
The great are seldom famous, and the famous are seldom great...