What's with all the hating? It's just embarrassing. If the photographer didn't like what he was doing, he probably wouldn't do it. The fact that YOU don't like it could not be any more irrelevant. Making a point to let the world know that YOU don't like it as if YOUR opinion is preferred or somehow superior over someone else in an artistic field where preferences are INHERENTLY different is just childish - and ironic. It's art. If everyone's preferences were the same, art would be very boring. As for the OP's original question, I don't know. Nobody does because it's not something you are supposed to be able to answer. You either like it or you don't. Apparently, a lot of people do. Why? Because it speaks to them in some way. Ultimately, it's none of your business why - I don't mean that in an arrogant way. I look at a picture, and I like it because it speaks to me in a personal way. I don't need to justify it to you. Nobody does. I will say - I wish my pictures looked that good.