That's a strong western rationality.. I think the word nostalgia has been used to degrade experiences that are not objectively rational. If you think of things in that context, there can never really be a connection on a higher level than the five senses, your rationality won't let you. I'm guessing the higher level wouldn't even exist.
My opinion is that certain objects not only speak to you, but you can have a shared conversation with them, from your experiences (almost like Barthes' studium and punctum idea, probably misspelt). And that's regardless of the photographer's intentions and reasons. And the idea of presences in this question is a more relevant "conversation" to you than the other photographs.