Art is to speak for itself

I have always significant art works speak for themselves with out words of explanation. I found out today that is not the case with photos. Someone who saw it knew what the title meant and commented on how fitting it was.
When I took the picture two children were there and knew what it meant. One little boy asked his dad if the backward boot meant his uncle who die that day on 9/11. His father said yes and explained what areverse boot meant, and that it was traditional to honor a fallen warrior, just like your uncle and the others that perished that day.
When I posted the picture I felt it needed NO other words, however the criticism indicated it wasn’t good enough for whom. Even children understand better than som adults.

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