Some argue it’s the Composition, lighting, technical aspects or the story.
The admonition of “Show, don’t tell” was used with fictional writers so that readers can experience the story rather than have it read as a narrative. With photography your experience is used to interpret or make meaning of an image. Images that let you bring your own thoughts to it.
What do you think of these?
What makes a great image? Perhaps it’s the images that stay with you long after you first encounter them. Constantly carrying around minature photos and going through the process of contact sheets seems like a useful habit to get into?