I don't believe in explaining a well crafted story, but I had to set the kid straight. Without contradicting the father, I simply added that the story also is about how we should treat other people, regardless of the way they look. The father had to get in the last word, however, and repeated to his son that he should still dress neatly at all times.
Photography is also a medium for storytelling. Sometimes a viewer "just doesn't get it" and needs a little assistance. Brooks Jensen, in a recent blog posting, says there are times we might have to help our audience of viewers.
If, however, we feel strongly about the audience understanding the photograph from our point of view, we need to make sure they have enough information to be steered down the path of our choice. It's one of the fundamental decisions we need to make as art makers and then take actions with titles, descriptions, or even the image content so that our wishes are known.Jensen gives us permission to supplement the image in such cases. Though this goes against my own strong belief that the picture needs to speak for itself in its own voice, I agree there are times a caption can make things easier.
Dining Room Chair ... July, 2012