I think of the critical theory which accompanied the photographic work as an indicator of author's intention and attitude towards the photographic practice.
As a viewer, I want to know that I am looking at deliberate execution of ideas, thoughts and emotions not a result of pure luck or technical show-off. Sometimes it's hard to follow the convoluted rhetorics produced by authors or critics, but I much prefer this challenge than the handy phrase "My work speaks for itself”.
Writing a statement which not only explains the meaning, circumstances and motives but as well positions the photograph in the context of wider social, political and historical background requires a great intellectual effort, but it helps enormously to convey the right message.
As an author, I don't feel ready yet for critical writing about my works. The last two months of studying about photography made me realize how little I know about this medium.