Pretty pictures drive me insane. The internet is awash in pretty pictures. Any idiot can take a pretty picture, the digital age has democratized the process of photography to the extent that huge masses of people can, and do, now take pretty pictures.
A pretty girl.
A pretty flower.
A pretty building.
A pretty tree.
All properly exposed, often well framed, sometimes even well composed with a nice balance of forms. And all, ultimately, about nothing. The world does not require any more pictures of waterfalls, or flowers, or the Eiffel Tower. We can find 1000 identical ones on flickr with a moment of searching. If your photograph does not engage and then enlarge the viewer, you have made a technical exercise or snapshot, but you have not made an image with impact.
I hate pretty pictures, and I hate the love they get on the internet. The phrases "great capture," "beautiful tones" and so on ring like the worst of insults, but they are not meant as such. Taste is dead, everyone wants an image that gives them 2 seconds of eye candy and then fades in to memory.
Hoi polloi treat photographs like hookers, appreciating them more for leaving without a complaint than for their brief presence.