January 08, 2008
"Hey, what do you think of this photo?" I asked.
I'd snapped a self-portrait in the tea kettle that was sitting on the picnic table in our backyard. Yes, the weather has been so warm that I drank my morning cup of tea outside. And as you can see from the photo, most of the snow has melted away.
Often after I move my photos from my camera to my computer, I will grab the nearest person and make them look at the photos with me. When I showed this photo to Film Guy, who happened to be sitting near me on the couch, he nodded knowingly and said, "The reflection in the tea kettle shot. Well, that's certainly been done before."
He paused. "Except you're supposed to be naked."
The teenagers in the household have given me all kinds of grief about the absolutely innocent nude photos I've posted on my blog. "My eyes are still burning," First Extra will say, shuddering. My own sons rarely read my blog, so worried are they that they might see their Mom with some tiny bit of skin showing. And now Film Guy was suggesting a nude shot?
"It's a photo that's been all over the internet," Film Guy explained. He said that some guy posted a picture of a tea kettle, one that looked exactly like mine, on an online auction site, with a reflection of his naked self on the tea kettle. Apparently that photo started a trend called reflectoporn. I checked an urban myths website, which confirmed what Film Guy said: sometimes people trying to sell objects with reflective surfaces make sure that the online photo includes a reflection of naked body parts.
It's hard to see how reflectoporn would work as a marketing technique. I mean, who in the world would want to buy a tea kettle that showed a naked middle-aged guy with a potbelly leering from the reflection? That hardly seems a bonus. And let's face it. You don't need a higher degree in physics to figure out that, unless you live in some kind of Harry Potter book, the tea kettle that came in the mail would no longer hold the image of the weird naked guy.
I thought for a moment about taking a nude shot in the tea kettle. Just to keep up the internet tradition. But the weather, mild as it has been for January, just isn't THAT warm.
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