I just realized why I see most thing one way and most people here see it another. It isn't just generational, it's a little bit cultural. When I grew up television was a novelty and computer monitors didn't exist. So when I saw a well composed photograph odds are it was shot for a magazine, which is primarily vertical first. Horizontal images were a compositional necessity, but not really the norm. So I look for the vertical first, then go to the horizontal. Compare that to this generation that sees things on tv, movies, video games, and computer screens all horizontal format. In that forced horizontal format they have to force the image. So seeing a forced smaller tv doctor standing alone in a room with a ton of unrelated stuff seems normal to you and way wrong to me. I am used to the image being about the subject but that can't happen if all your images have to be horizontal to fit the playback. Probably why all that empty space is less abhorrent to you guys. I hope that realizing that makes me shake my head in despair less often. I kinda doubt it your bias is formed from years of horizontal images and mine from years of vertical. Just an interesting thought.