I’ve recently realised that there is an insane influx of people who either (a) feel they are talented, highly credible chefs, or (b), have an interest in food photography and hope to be the next Lou Manna. Either or, at around 7pm on any given night my news feed on Facebook turns into a culinary cross-section of the good, the bad and the ugly. It’s beyond me why I’m suddenly overwhelmed with an abundance of home cooked meals, but it’s seemingly the trendy thing to do these days. Knowing that my primary school crush Sally is consuming beans, mashed potato and sausages is only outweighed by my realisation that Dave has undercooked his chicken parmigana and will likely be sick in proceeding few hours. What possesses one to pop off a few happy snaps while their meal goes cold is well beyond comprehension for me, but I feel as though I am more educated in regards to the eating habits of young Australian adults. Perhaps this is a good thing?
I’ve noted three main catagories in the realm of Amateur Facebook Food Photography (AFFP). The first, and perhaps most popular, is the standard ‘main course’ shot, in which someone simply takes a photo of their dinner or lunch and whips it on up. The second category, which is actually on the rise in terms of popularity, is the ‘Instagram Remix’ subset, in which people use the popular social media app to add a filter to their increasingly cold meal. By doing so, the said photographer is probably trying to highlight the contrast between the corn and turkey breast, or perhaps he or she is simply trying to make the avocado ‘pop’. Last but not least, we have the ‘I didn’t even fucking make this’ category. Generally accompanied by text like ‘Hungover as fuck’ or ‘Best feed’, this catagory is simply people taking photos of fast food. Contrary to their belief at the time, 99% of people have eaten a quarter pounder meal, and know exactly what it looks like.
I think, indirectly, this hobby is making young Australian’s cook better meals, so it is a good thing after all. I remember seeing my ex girlfriend post a photo of a nice meal once. In a bid to not be outdone, I cooked Lobster Mornay and sent a photo of it to her. Despite been allergic to lobster and gaining a rash from the fumes, I felt I won the round with what was clearly a superior dish. That’s what AFFP is all about right?