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Photographing Food

on May 31, 2018

Ah, modern technology – it can be a little bit of a blessing as well as a curse, can’t it?

Speaking on behalf of nice restaurants everywhere, first off, let’s just admit that wanting to photograph food is definitely a flattering concept. We’ve all heard the clichés about presentation when it comes to plating, but in this case, those clichés are definitely founded on irrefutable truth. Plating matters when it comes to the dining experience, and if the plate placed in front of you makes you want to snap a quick pic, well shucks, that’s quite complimenting.

The problem is when snapping a photograph transcends itself into an entire act, on its own. When the demands of social media defeat the demands of the stomach, something is just not quite right.

Believe it or not, restaurants tend to go through painstaking effort to guarantee that your food makes it to you in a timely manner. For better or worse, once you place your order, you’ve got an entire team of people who make up the pulse of the restaurant working to make your experience complete. The steam flying off of your lobster, or the sizzling sauce upon your duck, are the by-product of the “pressure cooker” situation that is professional food preparation.

There’s nothing more defeating than a perfectly delivered piece of meat getting sent back, untouched, nearly 10 minutes later because the food has lost heat. The heat was there! The meat was ready! But you spelled its demise with each click of the camera button and each rejected filter. In the time you waited for the password to the wireless internet, you could have at least taken your first bite.

But, Atlas, we do not mean to put you, dear reader, in the hot seat. Surely, you are the type to take a quick photo for posterity’s sake, and then commence with the dining and digesting. After all, you who are so wise as to read our blog would never dare to let a hot meal become room temperature in front of your very own eyes.

Joking aside, there really is nothing wrong with wanting to share your dining experience with the rest of the world. Like we said at first, the gesture can certainly be taken as a compliment. But, on the other hand, it’s kind of the perfect opportunity to practice living in the moment. The food comes, you take the picture and whether the photo is perfect or not, you start eating. Life being so connected to social media can sometimes make us feel like everything has to be framed and filtered perfectly, when sometimes it’s simply about starting the meal.

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to dive in without making a record first?

But, hey, if you’re going to photograph it, the food might as well look good, right? At Atlas, we won’t kick you out of your booth for wanting to post your T-bone to the ‘gram. Just make a reservation if that’s your thing, and we’ll be happy to help you live in whatever moment you’d like to.