Opinion

Food Porn: When Photographing Food Becomes An Obsession

The New York Times recently wrote an article about the rising trend of food enthusiasts who photograph their meals and post them online. I have to admit that I have become one of those people. At first, it started innocuously. I would take a picture of a particularly gorgeous dish, or something I was cooking, and post it for my friends to see on Facebook page. Vacation food shots were also a popular mainstay in my camera.

However, in the last few months as a contributor to Short Order, I have been taking more and more pictures of my eating habits. There were the assignments -- comparing two different spicy tuna rolls, for example -- where taking a photo was mandatory. But as the weeks crept by, I found myself taking pictures of every meal I ate out. Not only was this photographic evidence in case I stumbled across a story and needed a picture after the fact, but I became addicted to it. Now, I even document what my tablemates are eating -- much to their chagrin.

At a recent dinner at Il Gabbiano with two girlfriends, I shot every plate on the table. They cringed each time the flashbulb went off. I admit, it isn't too discreet to be taking such pictures. I've gotten some very funny looks while snapping away at solo meals, too.

The only upside to my shutterbugging is that my pictures have improved greatly over time, and I no longer have to take so many shots. I was able to capture the Bell & Evans roasted chicken at The Forge the other night in one click.

While I intend to continue to document what I'm eating each time I go out, maybe my speedier approach won't embarrass my friends as much. Or clue proprietors into the fact that I'm a food writer. Click, click, click...

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Jacquelynn D. Powers