Yes, all great works of art go beyond just recording a scene on film or throwing paint on a canvas. Michael refers to care and love to make the connection to people. I think of it as having a profound sense of respect for the subject and the audience. Sometimes when I see something that I believe provides a truly wonderful opportunity to make a photograph, I feel a strong sense of gratitude towards the object or scene. It may sound a little crazy but it is like a little voice comes from the subject and says "Someone has finally found me, someone who cares." When I get a feeling like that from a subject, it forces me to approach it with a certain reverence.
The results may not always be what i expected, but it seems to make the whole experience of photographing more rewarding.