I feel as if he was saying the pictures looked creepy to sound cool, when it was obvious he didn’t understand how the pictures directly related to the expression within the story.
Pictured being zoomed in close showed a natural, unperfected image of a man finding reason within his own life. Wish people would calm down and enjoy this fine piece of writing instead of rushing to the bottom to make the first comment to ‘Sound Cool’ and get a bunch of recommends.
The pictures aren’t creepy at all. It expresses the emotion of the entire story.
And I gotta say, excellent articles/stories like this is what separates The Verge from other tech websites. You can introduce this topic to any person in the world, as in any non tech geek, and they will find extreme interest.