In my mind, photography is viewed as a means to an end, rather than an end in itself.
It is a path to self-expression.
What I reckon more crucial in terms of self-expression is truth rather than fact.
Fact is not as tricky as truth due to its objectivity.
Though truth is objective as well.
More or less, truth is something we are unwilling to face even if we know its existence is a fact. Eyes leak out the information that we are used to ignoring when we focus on the thing so-called fact. Are you still sure that you are truly seeing?
Truth never hides, it just seems to be invisible when you are not employing your soul to see.