The title of this thread; "Do photos need to "represent" something or have deeper meaning?" appears to be a non-sequitur in that both options are similar, so it cannot easily be answered without some clarification. Not knowing if the title question is the one we are expected to try to answer, some of us just skipped on to the text of your first post, which has posed a completely different question. It should not be a surprise that not everyone here is inspired to answer questions that they don't understand. That's not what I get out of it. In fact, I would say it is more like the opposite of your intention. All of the shots I saw were highly directed, completely aware, very "groomed", (they may be unedited, I can't tell), and not spontaneous at all. Here again, I am not sure of your question. If you are asking a question about photography in general, and not just yours, then my answer is (I'll try to re-think your question) A good photograph will always represent something, and a great photograph will often convey deep meaning. Now if I am to divine the intent of your second question, I will answer thusly: Your photographs do appear to be planned out (see my comments above), and whatever meaning you may have attempted to convey remains hidden. You're welcome.