Joey doesn’t share food. But today’s millennials love to share their food, but not necessarily in the physical sense. It is almost never that the “explore” section of Instagram is deprived of hashtags like #foodporn and #instafood. So here’s something the Gen-Y needs to think about- are we becoming obsessed with compulsive food photography? And if yes, is that bad?
Food Photography is a passion for some. Some maintain food diaries by posting pictures of their healthy meals online in order to compel themselves to stick to their diet plan. A few others are gifted with the magical hands that prepare the yummiest of dishes, these amazingly talented people post regular pictures of food in order to promote their dishes online. There are many food bloggers and cookbook authors who treat food like art and passionately work towards making pretty meals and posting their talent online. Not that we’re judging, but these people probably do not have a bad obsession with food photography.
However, we- the amateurs who admire the accurately brightened, contrasted and styled food pictures posted online by those falling in the above mentioned category, attempt to click a similar picture of our once-a-week fancy dinner and much to our expectation, it gains those virtual likes! We agree, this isn’t too bad either, after all, the food bloggers are doing this too! But if you order food or spend hours cooking and end up throwing it away because its appearance is not Instagram worthy, that smells like trouble! Because this is where it begins. Soon you’ll start disliking your regular toast for breakfast because that does not look as pretty as a bright acai smoothie bowl.
Food is meant to be eaten but due to this food photography obsession, we have started to care more about its visual presentation than its actual taste. And as a result, we only like to eat what looks good enough and throw away the rest, making us responsible for the ballooning food wastage. Social trends go viral too often, but what we don’t understand sometimes is that these trends are prettified by partial truths and outright lies.
Due to this obsession, most of the restaurants today focus on making their dishes look better than they taste. What would have once been a private meal enjoyed and remembered fondly has now become a public fetish. We regularly take out our phones and click a picture of the food before we take a bite, and this phenomenon occurs so often that even the restaurant staff is completely used to witnessing it now. But why don’t we stop for a second and think, IS THIS MADNESS? Food should not become a factor of social validation, we must learn to put our cameras down and just enjoy a meal good for the tummy instead of social media.