Or simply because he could. I agree with your sentiment here jnanian. This thread and another one about WW1 battlefield pinholes really surprises me. For a forum so full of people involved in an expressive medium, so many are so wrapped up in their anoraks to see the beauty.
beauty is a subjective thing .. just like art
one person's art is another man junk
and some wo/men people say are "utterly beautiful"
well, i don't have the same perspective i guess