Food Porn….Why do We Take Photos Of Our Food?

Most of us are guilty of it, especially if you have a Twitter or Instagram account. You go for a lovely meal out with your partner or friends and as soon as the waiter arrives with your dishes, the phones get pulled out and it’s all click click click as the poor food turns cold and gets admired rather than consumed.

This trend of photographing food whilst at a restaurant (especially when it’s posh nosh) does have the effect of irritating other diners (even those in your party who can’t understand why you need to photograph your meal) and Restaurant owners.

image source: Pinterest

image source: Pinterest

There’s been reports that some French chefs have now had enough of the fad and are threatening to ban mobile phones and cameras in their restaurants. A bit over the top?

Well you might think so but why DO we take photos of food?

Admittedly, there are some meals that are just so beautifully constructed that not keeping a memoir of them via photography would be a sin. Like this one!

Image source: Tuula Vintage via Instagram

Image source: Tuula Vintage via Instagram

And this!

Image source: Tuula Vintage via Instgaram

Image source: Tuula Vintage via Instgaram

On the other hand, there are just some meals that should be left unsnapped. Meals with poor presentation, meals still in the pot with all the grease surrounding it and meals taken in, well, not so great looking places.

I think it’s safe to say that the group of people most guilty of constantly photographing their food (especially while they’re in fancy restaurants) are celebrities. Actors, singers, supermodels and typically anyone who dines out a lot in fancy restaurants.

You’d be hard pressed to find ordinary people like you and I dishing out our phones after our order of Pounded yam and efo riro arrives while dinning in WAZOBIA or 805. Don’t get me wrong, the presentation of food in these restaurants are great but it all just bowls down to creativity and Nigerian restaurants serving traditional Nigerian dishes are yet to get really creative with presentation; which is why a lot of diners, Nigerians included, would be more likely to take a food photo while out having a curry or an Italian.

A lovely looking dish of Spaghetti al pomodoro. Image source: Pinterest

A lovely looking dish of Spaghetti al pomodoro. Image source: Pinterest

With the current rise of Nigerian food bloggers putting a modern spin on conventional Nigerian meals, I foresee a future where ordinary Nigerians who go out for a meal in a Nigerian restaurant will enthusiastically pull out their phones to take a photo of dish of Banga soup and Eba.

Taking a great food photo is an art, seasoned food bloggers will tell you there’s a lot more involved in taking a great shot of food that has gone viral than just angling the camera and pressing the button.

There’s no point taking a photo of food in a restaurant with little or no lighting, no matter how posh it is. The immediate area surrounding said plate of food should be clear of used napkins and cutlery and if your purse must be photographed with the food, just make sure it’s a great looking one so it complements the beautiful plate in front you that you’re so eager to share with the world.

It’s also not just about the food, a vintage glass of wine in the background or sauce would add a touch of realness to your photo and won’t make it look so staged….ok so it is staged, but you don’t want people to know that.

Obviously with all world trends, Nigerians are fast adopting the food porn hobby. One Nigerian celebrity constantly showing off her dining out credentials is Producer Kemi Adetiba. I have to admit I’ve seen better looking platters considering she’s based in New York, but at least she tries and anyone who makes an effort gets a thumbs up in my book.

So we nicked Kemi Adetiba's food porn from her Instagram

So we nicked Kemi Adetiba’s food porn from her Instagram

Apart from celebrities posting their nosh for us to envy and gloat, I reckon the reason most people post photos of their food is generally because they are in awe of the presentation, intend to write something about it later or just want all of you to feel jealous that they’re having this great meal at a posh restaurant and you’re not.

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image source: Aimee song via Instagram

image source: Aimee song via Instagram

Whatever the reason, restaurant owners must be smiling to the bank with all this free publicity for their work. It just goes to show that if your work is awesome, it will speak for itself.

If you’ve got photos of your posh nosh that you would like to share….tag us on instagram @naijalivinguk and we could feature them. Or visit our Pinterest page for your fix of great looking food. Great food should be celebrated, shouldn’t it?

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