Capture an image of the food before eating is much more than a trend now. No matter what you think about taking picture of your food, whether you are doing it to make your Facebook friends drool, sharing with your friends and family, going to blog about it, or just taking nice looking food for pleasure, there might be something that you missed out.
One question: what’s the difference between taking picture of our food and not taking? Practically, there is no difference as the taste and portion will not be changed.
The feeling itself would not make up any differences either way because you know that you are going to swallow the food before and after you taking a good picture of it. So is there any other point of comparing taking picture of your food or not? Yes, there is.
There are intensive discussions on these topics over the internet which involve experts to analyze and speak, as well as relating people who practice the habit of photographing food as mental illness such as this.
Mental illness is relating to food photography or not is not covered here. And I assume all issues has nothing to do with food photographing and extremist on this. It just nothing wrong like photography on trees and flowers.
We are ordinary eaters despite that we take food picture before we consume them. While some people may find it weird, but we all do it for a certain reason.
The essential idea behind food photography is to add some special feel into the food and making it much more tastier. How weird and sarcastic am I when I mentioned that taking a picture on the food or not will not make any differences in terms of the taste and feel? Allow me to explain.
Imagine visiting Glass Beach in California, USA. You could spend whole day enjoying the comfortable wind dancing and wrapping around your body, stare at the peaceful sea that took away all your troubles, walk along the beach side to enjoy such pleasure that you hardly experience in your life.
But as you leave the Glass Beach and move on to another place, what’s left other than memory if you didn’t take even one picture in the Glass Beach? Let’s remember the question and I rephrase it here: Is there any differences between capturing some pictures in the Glass Beach and not capturing any of it? Again, yes there are differences.
The purpose of photography is not just capturing the moment of beauty and you can keep it in your album for the rest of your life.
When photographer put serious efforts to capture the beauty of certain things, flowers for example, they enjoy the beauty of the flower much more deeply comparing to just watching the flower by mere eye sight.
Why? Because the photographer will try to preserve the best moment of the flower that it has, regardless if he or she is doing it for pleasure or turning them into stock image to be sold to people.
By doing so, even when the photography himself or herself is not a big fan of flower and know nothing about it, would eventually fall into some moments of pleasure appreciating the beauty of flower, and even the nature.
Not to mention that attempt to capture an object with the right angle and lighting require extreme concentration and skill. But that is how you able to focus and observe more on what's in front of you.
Back to the Glass Beach, the differences of capturing pictures or not is the matter of how much you able, and willing to, enjoy the environment that you are surrounded with.
By visiting the place and enjoy the environment is definitely a good experience. What’s left after you got out of the place is memory and the fading sensation of the wind, and the feeling when you took each step on the beach side.
But are you sure that you had view everything in the Glass Beach? Or course you know you didn’t. And to be more specific, are you sure that you had allow yourself to enjoy to the max during that visit?
When you snap a great picture of your food, or precisely at one corner of your food, you give a short moment of focus to observe it.
When you try to adjust to a great angle in order to make the outcome of the picture much nicer, you are putting more efforts to capture the best moment of the food and enjoy more of it, not just swallowing and forget about it.
No matter you are capturing food pictures for sharing in the social media, as a collection in your photo album, testing the camera quality in your phone, or any other reason, the most important thing is to remember that one moment when the food had appear in your life and it was those precious moments that you once had.
Give yourself a reason that is meaningful, not just something that you do and forget, you would eventually realize that not just the food would become tastier, you will get to find more and more meaningful things appear in your life.