To sport would be as tedious as to work,
But when they seldom come, they wished for come,
And nothing pleaseth but rare accidents.
Shakespeare, Henry IV pt i
How do we see the world? Increasingly it seems through the lens of an iPhone. Now, in full frame camera terms, that tiny lens on the iPhone (given the small sensor) is an equivalent focal length of around 38mm and that perspective is how so many of the photographs we view these days are seen.
In my view, the further we can get away from that, the more impactful our photographs will now appear, simply due to their difference. Even if the non photographer struggles to identify why the pictures is different, they at least know it is, and the non iPhone view, being less familiar, will carry more impact. For this reason, I love shooting super wide angle.
Telephotos compress, wide angle lenses stretch everything out, the impact on the photo is significant. It's not a question of getting closer or further away from your subject. In the photo of Kilt Rock above, the sea stretches to infinity and the clouds are pulled across the scene pulling our imagination with them.
Take all that and add to it enormous depth of field and viable hand holding at crazy low shutter speeds (reducing the required ISO), I simply love what wide angle lenses bring to the table.
Shakespeare nailed it 400 years ago: the common place is boring. Super wide angle lets you see the world fresh, and seeing the world through fresh eyes is surely what makes people go 'wow' and why any of us get a buzz from photography.