Do you take photos of your food – and if so, why? Why on earth do we do this? It’s defiantly a trend that is here to stay. Maybe it’s inspired by thousands of magazines with recipes and television shows about cooking, planning dinners, making desserts, about growing your own food, canning, baking and serving. Maybe it’s just our need of having the cookie and eating it too (the impossible mission solved by photography)… Maybe we’re inspired by how easy it is to snap a photo these days, and by the diversity of what’s served? Or maybe it’s just that we know we’ll have forgotten what we had by tomorrow!
I know I take photos of my food. Sure I do. To me it’s about collecting beauty, as is much of my photography. There is something about a beautifully organized table or food plate that I love. No, I don’t document everything I eat all the time (like some people actually do) but sometimes – and especially at special occasions (family dinners, parties, birthdays, when I’m cooking). And as you know, we do eat with our eyes too.
This was one of those food documenting occasions.
In Sweden most people have a crayfish party in the autumn. Crayfish are black when living in the water, but when you boil them they turn red. It’s one of the most colorful dishes ever, and one of my favorites.
So, the question remains. If so, why do you document food?