Blog of Aaron Yih

Final Project Documentation


Excessive wealth excites me. It excites all of us.

It’s feeling when you nally save up enough money to buy a plane ticket, cover the cost of the hotel for the duration of your time o , and eat how you want to in your Travel & Leisure inspired vacation. Actually, more speci cally, it’s that feeling when you board the plane and nd yourself walking past the rst group of seats that have already been lled, to nd your own. It’s that feeling when you choose an Uber to the hotel instead of an Uber X. It’s that feeling when the hotel host walks you to your room, conveniently located past the ‘presidential suite.’

This book is a photographic exploration of entitlement and wealth in the digital era.


In looking through over 250 reviews of Greystone Mansion, I included only 20 of the most baffling, intriguing, or unhelpful reviews. I have uncovered reviews that contradict other accounts of the same site, reviews that prove to be more true than the reviewer even intended, and reviews that were so beautiful their words do more than my photographs.

Through the creation of this book, I have come to believe that technology and art (either in the form of word or image) are the ultimate enablers of entitlement. Now more than ever, we live in a landscape in which we feel that we have some intrinsic right to have our opinion heard, to be listened to. In Edward Doheny’s time, money talked. You had to earn the right to be heard.

But what about today? Who are we to judge and evaluate places and experiences that we borrow willingly? What gives us the right to shape collective perception our world?

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