I am sure it is a matter of style..isn't everything?
But I found many of the images used as examples, dull, simplistic, and cliches.
I am an amateur, I hope in the best, older sense of the word (dillitant used to be a good word too.) I have been taking pictures since I was 8, have several professionals in the family, including an artist (oil) and processor (good ol' chemicals.)
My taste run to the more complex, the story (narrative as some say) NOT the iconic. What I see as being taught, including here as 'best' take one damgerous step beyong skill and telent to 'taste'. The traste for the 'simple;, the isolated' the 'less busy' That is a style...some like it, but it is NOT an inhenent quality of art; exciting, message sending and by all means, TELLING A STORY.
Otherwise, sorry, it is just well crafted decoration. It is like non-fiction writing; communicating some truth, without 'creating' a new world.
With more resolution and stiching we can create high resolution photographs that do many things; tell a story, show you something that you will never see (say a shot while sky diving :-)
What I am saying is that there are good maybe even exciting images that are large, that you can "crawl around in (I use FOUR 30" 2560x1600 screen. I print 2x7 FEET)
I appreciate Mapplethorpe, and yet even Van Gogh had a VASE of flowers LOL
Sure these eye catching perspectinves, repetition are good, but sorry, not great.
You may hate it and I am NOT going to present counters to the images in the article; I actually liked a few. I am not that good. But when I see art (and photopgraphy can certainly learn from painting) I can appreciate. I also have two daughters Art History majors who let me know when I am pumping out dreck.
But here's a simple shot, from the 39th floor of the Pierre in NY. Complaex. But has geometry and an exciting perspective , to me. Then at P45+ resolution I can crawl around and 'see' more of what my mind captured in real life.
Two messages: 1. think bigger, even in small prints an d2. remember that with modern technology you can ;dive into' and image and explore a scene like never before.
OK, maybe that was 3cents worth..