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Enough with the lifestyle photos

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I am sick of seeing these all over the forum. Pictures in the wine thread where you can't even see the label, but the glass/meal/mood lighting is all in perfect focus. WAYWRN pictures artificially desaturated and taken from angles that obscure the clothing while emphasizing one's female companion or the Michelin-starred restaurant where the person is sitting. Photos of cigars which are really about showing off the DuPont lighters and iPads in the background. In all cases, the object under discussion is completely ancillary to advertising the hip and bourgeois side of one's lifestyle. The temptation to engage in this is so strong that I've even caught myself doing it once. It's sad and we should stop engaging in it. Or am I being unrealistic because self-promotion is a necessary corollary of exhibiting things you own, appreciate and consume?
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I remember posting something similar (a lot shorter, but similar) a few years ago. Nobody seemed to agree with me. I hope they agree with you.
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I am sick of seeing these all over the forum. Pictures in the wine thread where you can't even see the label, but the glass/meal/mood lighting is all in perfect focus. WAYWRN pictures artificially desaturated and taken from angles that obscure the clothing while emphasizing one's female companion or the Michelin-starred restaurant where the person is sitting. Photos of cigars which are really about showing off the DuPont lighters and iPads in the background. In all cases, the object under discussion is completely ancillary to advertising the hip and bourgeois side of one's lifestyle. The temptation to engage in this is so strong that I've even caught myself doing it once.

It's sad and we should stop engaging in it. Or am I being unrealistic because self-promotion is a necessary corollary of exhibiting things you own, appreciate and consume?

I knew I was doing it wrong.

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Originally Posted by holymadness View Post
I am sick of seeing these all over the forum. Pictures in the wine thread where you can't even see the label, but the glass/meal/mood lighting is all in perfect focus. WAYWRN pictures artificially desaturated and taken from angles that obscure the clothing while emphasizing one's female companion or the Michelin-starred restaurant where the person is sitting. Photos of cigars which are really about showing off the DuPont lighters and iPads in the background. In all cases, the object under discussion is completely ancillary to advertising the hip and bourgeois side of one's lifestyle. The temptation to engage in this is so strong that I've even caught myself doing it once. It's sad and we should stop engaging in it. Or am I being unrealistic because self-promotion is a necessary corollary of exhibiting things you own, appreciate and consume?
Not a fan of the Monocle magazine lifestyle, I see.
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i concur.
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This is a harrrumph I can get behind.
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Here is what I made for dinner.

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Here is what I made for dinner.


wtf, Ed? You made a desk set for dinner???
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Lol, source?
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2, 4 and 5 are real. am i right?

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Lol, source?

Like anything worthwhile in this forum, DT
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wtf, Ed? You made a desk set for dinner???

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I remember posting something similar (a lot shorter, but similar) a few years ago. Nobody seemed to agree with me. I hope they agree with you.
There is probably no hope. But at least I registered my discontent.
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I knew I was doing it wrong.
That backsplash is mighty conspicuous. Granite countertops, too, I see.
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Not a fan of the Monocle magazine lifestyle, I see.
Are you kidding? You can't be too rich or too thin.
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Here is what I made for dinner.
You're doing it right.
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There is probably no hope. But at least I registered my discontent.

That backsplash is mighty conspicuous. Granite countertops, too, I see.

Are you kidding? You can't be too rich or too thin.

You're doing it right.

Monocle would be "you can't be too hype in your coolness signals or too conspicuous in your stealth-wealth"
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