Ansel Adams on describing creative motivations

Absent from these pages are statements of what the photographs "mean." I cannot, and will not, attempt to describe, analyze, or define the creative-emotional motivations of my work, or the work of others. Descriptions of the inspiration or the meaning of a work of photography, or of any other medium of art, lies in the work itself. The endless discussions of creativity appear to me to be pointless intellectual carousels; their purpose seems more the presenting of burnt offerings and worshipping of modish identifications than the achievement of mutual enlightenment. Only the print contains the artist's meaning and message.
Ansel Adams, Examples: the making of 40 photographs, vi.