Back when photos required film, I really doubt if many food pictures were taken by ordinary photographers. Film required that one’s picture be in focus, with correct lighting and then there was the expense and the waiting period for it to be developed, before finding out if the picture was a success. But with a digital phone it is super easy to take multiple pictures at no cost (other than the cost of having a phone). Thus there has been a giant boom in both selfies and food pictures.
This is the most ordinary of dishes, a taco salad. I assure you that one’s I make for myself do not look this beautiful.
Corn soup with heart-shaped chili oil at a fancy restaurant. Corn soup is a very traditional Native thing. I often make it from the recipe I got handed down from my grandmother on the Rez This version was so delicious that I was quite tempted to lick the bowl.
This is also a new taken on an ordinary item, roasted vegetable tacos on freshly made corn tortillas, something I would never make.
I do make stuffed Poblano peppers, but they never look like this (mine are covered in green chili sauce and cheese). Once again it is the beautiful sauces (tomato and red chili) that made it memorable.
I speculate that part of why we take pictures of food is to remember it (perhaps even in the hope of re-creating it), and the other part is to make our social media friends jealous. 🙂 I hope this worked.