texture of oxford
I often seek out interesting textures as backdrops for photographs, as the ambience they create is like an additional character in a play.
They add depth and meaning, and draw useful contrasts to the main subject that's being photographed. Like the recipient of the Oscar for best supporting-actor, they don't dominate the action, but you can't imagine the movie being the same without their presence.
Lifestyle photography can be seen as the antithesis of studio portraiture. Rather than seeking a clinical, neutral background, the photographer looks for ways to bring the authentic wider scene into balance in the image. It adds complexity, but at least the backgrounds won't run in the opposite way from what you intended… unlike some children I could mention...