Next time you see a video of someone having won some sort of medal being photographed notice how quickly they adopt the ‘biting the medal’ pose.
The internet will have you believe that this action has a historical reference where, in the course of checking ones payment, one would bite the supposedly real gold coins to see if they were actually a softer imitation.
This is ridiculous for two reasons, firstly; the Mohs scale rates gold as softer than silver – perhaps they are hoping to see teeth-marks in order to confirm correct payment? – I hear no one scream. Well that’s rubbish too because there are various cheaper metals of ratings both harder and softer than gold.
Besides, the second, and more compelling reason that this traditional argument is moot is the existence of Cadbury’s chocolate medals – who wouldn’t want a sugars snack after leaping and running, flipping and paddling, lobbing and lifting their way to victory.
I’m not sure where I’m going with this . I’m not even sure why I’m writing this – I’m a photographer, not a writer. I doubt anyone reads this stuff, it’s just one big ego stroke to think that they do. Pretty pictures, I should just stick to pretty pictures.
I’m going home.