There ought to be as many ways to approach photography as there are types of people.
I've never considered myself a visual artist... it's coincidence that I get a picture as a result. I'm attracted to the ( gosh, I don't know how to put this ) 'emotion' or the 'time' : motion, or rhythm, of the picture. Certainly, printmaking is a visual art, but only to serve the image on the negative. So, things like detail and acutance are usually not that important to me, but tonality is essential. But that's me, and lots of folks make pictures to record infinitely fine details. Cool.