Better than real
A still life painting was supposed to capture a moment in time, something that we’d photograph if only the camera had been invented.
And a sauna was a nordic way to simulate a warm afternoon at the beach.
But an artistic photograph isn’t supposed to simply be a snapshot. It has to add more than that.
And a veggie burger is not simply a pale imitation of a meat burger. It can be something better.
The problem with faux is that it’s not enough.