The Pleasure (Obsession) of Food Photo Taking


I’ve gotten into the (good/bad) habit of taking photos of my food and not just at restaurants but at home as well. When I take them at a restaurant, I justify this in several ways:

1. I’m documenting what I’ve eaten because you never know when this might be important to know.

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2. I’m posting dishes to Foursquare and/or Foodspotting because I like contributing to crowdsourced information about food and places to eat. I also use these location-based social mobile sites frequently when I’m traveling to find places to eat.

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3. I’m generating an archive of social content, and you never know when that will come in handy.

Yes, I know what I do can be rude and disruptive. But I do ask permission of anyone else at the table with me, and they politely enable my addiction.

So why do I do this?

I confess. I harbor a unrequited desire to be a food blogger.

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The barriers to this pipe dream include the fact that I have no idea how to write about food (my comments range from “Yum” to “Delish”), and although I dream of posting recipes and how-to-make-this photos, I don’t have the patience.

(In my dreams, I’m the Pioneer Woman.)

Don Giovanni Chardonnay wine glasses Gio wine

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Am I the only one obsessed with taking photos of my food? How do you justify your food photo taking activities?

(photos taken in Napa, CA)

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