There is no single reason behind photography. We all take photos with different purposes in mind and, for the most part, there is no wrong or right in that.
The gateway above is sort of a metaphor for that idea. I might have taken the picture, but I don’t know where it’s going to take someone else. The courtyard at their old college? A feature in a public park or garden? Somewhere they visited on a vacation? Maybe it reminds them of their old family home. I don’t know.
Whatever the case, the point of photography for me is to evoke an emotional response in someone. To take them somewhere far away, or to remind them of something familiar and dear. Or maybe just to make them laugh a little.
What is the purpose behind your photography?