Hey, thanks for playing! It actually wasn't a softlock to go to the right -- the trigger that allows you to go through the vent is only enabled after you attempt to leave the room for the first time (which is when you first encounter the monster). And yeeeaaahh, we realized a bit after the fact that being able to recognize the messed up photos was kinda confusing, haha. That said, we've seen some comedy gold responses to how it was confusing, so ultimately worth it, in a way.
Hope you enjoyed it!