I firmly believe that people should be able to spend their money however they choose (as long at is legal).
Having said that................REALLY? There is a point at which it is just silly. A point at which it doesn't get better, it just gets stupid. How do you even appreciate that, and why would you. It is a bath! It is a toilet! Come on!
DH - and that's just my opinion
^ ^way different in my book. I am not sure what you are referring to. Did you have something spicific in mind?
DH - and that's just my opinion
I wouldn't hang that photo in my house if they gave it to me for free.
"The Devil is joining in, and that's never a good sign." Phil Liggett
The composition is perfect.
The austere, almost desolate landscape is haunting (you'd never believe it was Rhein).
When I look at it, I feel like it's drawing me in (which says as much about my need for medication as the photograph, I know ).
Plus everything that was quoted in the article.
Stunning, stunning, stunning.
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I seriously like it too. Love the deceptively simple lines and the contrasting textures of the water, grass and sky. Lovely.
I'd put it on my wall- but I wouldn't pay more than $500 for it though. But then my art budget doesn't run into the millions.
I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned.
(Edna St Vincent Millay)
I honestly believe that if I had $1.74 million to spend on a bathtub, I'd give most of it away. I might spent some thousands on a really nice bathroom, but I don't know that I could justify buying a bathtub at the price.
I'm not particularly altruistic and don't think that people with way more more money than they could ever spend should be congratulated for being great humanitarians when they share a piece of their too-large pie with the poor or disadvantaged.
It just wouldn't make sense to me to spend that much on a bathtub, it would seem a total waste of money that could be better used elsewhere.
But having lots of $$ seems to changes people's perspectives on such things.
It's all relative.
We all live in our own insular universes.
I mean what's normal spending for me (buying a donut when I feel like it) is irrensponsible and wasteful spending for people who really don't have any money (I whine about not having any money all the time but let's face it, I'm not starving).
But there is a point where spending money not only becomes excessive and greedy, but also pointless and lacking in the reward of joy.
How much happiness is this bathtub going to bring you, really? Reason enough to get up in the morning and feel good about yourself?
There is a point where sharing the wealth would bring more happiness. I would say this bathtub is that point - not a donut or a good home-cooked lamb dinner (one of my indulgences).
I agree with you but that's precisely what is relative.
Once you become accustomed to something, it's extremely hard to let go.
The bath tub is obviously an extreme example.
I remember reading a great article about a couple who made a decision to live on a very small budget and donate all the other money they earn to charity.
They decided for example to only eat out once a month, etc.
In the comments, people pointed out that the vast majority of people earn way less than that couple do.
But back on topic, it's still a photograph. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but can't you just reprint it over and over again if you kept the negative. It'll should have the exact quality and resolution.
So what kind of gemstones were used? That was a useless article.
I really hated that they pointed out the money should have been donated to charity instead. How do we know this person doesn't do that as well? If you have billions, what's 1.8 million? (Of course, the person may be a horrible miser, who knows.)
It certainly not how I would spend my hypothetical billions, but I'm imagining that 1.8 billion went to a number of workers, who are probably really happy that the rich fool was parted with his money.
This is why photographers who sell their work as 'art' will sign and number their prints so you know how many others are out there... the more prints made, the less each individual print is worth.
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