It is the advent of the ultrawide zooms that I would blame...the use of 'excessively wide angle', not the 'excessive use of wide angle'
After complaining that 17mm shift lens (rather than using 24mm shift lens) exaggerates the sense of spaciousness in an interior real estate shot, folks shot me down saying the real estate agents WANTED the exaggerated sense of space to lure in buyers. I commented back that luring in folks only to immediately disappoint them as soon as they walk in is bad business...it wastes their time, it angers them, and once they see a certain realtors name over and over associated with those overly spacious photos, they start to ignore their ads.
One of the things that constantly annoys me about National Geographic magazine is their addiction to a photojournalistic use of wide angle lenses, with everything off-center being horribly distorted. But I guess it comes with the territory - they are basically journalistic, and seem
like a fish out of water every time they try to get artsy. I blame the editors more than the photographers themselves. In both writing and visual content they have a stuck in the mud procedural mentality. But worth the subscription money anyway. About the only overdone wide-angle shot I have around that I like is when my wife took a cellphone closeup of our pet tree squirrel - that little BB lens really made his cute nose look really really big and round. Of course, whenever she took a picture of me with than damn phone I ended up looking like a puffy-faced big-nosed rodent too!
Love wide angles. If it's not good enough you're not close enough...
Who is this guy, a self appointed wide angle policeman ?, wide angles as every reportage photographer knows are about "getting them where they live", and having an involvement in the situation.