Everyone is guilty of food blogging. At least once in your life, you’ve taken a photo of your meal and posted it online. Whether because you really did find it delicious and want to share it with a lot of people, or you’re just into posting pictures of everything you eat.
Which isn’t a crime. To each their own as they say. Besides, you can post whatever you want on your own social media account. But aside from checking to see if the angle of the photo of your meal looks okay, have you ever thought twice before clicking on that capture button and sharing it online? Have you ever thought about the placement of your chopsticks on your beautiful steaming bowl of rice? If you haven’t, then you might want to read on below on how to avoid being “racist” when blogging about food. Because believe it or not, it exists.
Food Blogging: It’s Not Just About The Aesthetic
It’s just taking pictures of food, one may say. Where’s the harm in that? Actually, something as simple as food blogging can offend a lot of people or can educate others wrongly.
Filipino-American Celeste Noche spoke about the issues of taking pictures of food. For instance, she pointed out that Chef Andrew Zimmern’s Classic Philippine Rib Recipe was styled with chopsticks. Traditionally, Filipinos eat with forks and spoons and even with their hands.
Classic Philippine Rib Recipehttp://andrewzimmern.com/2015/08/03/crispy-garlic-short-ribs/
Another example is of people taking photos of their meals with their chopsticks sticking vertically out of the rice bowl. For those who don’t know, but in different Asian cultures this is a symbol for death since it looks like incense sticks honoring someone’s passing.
— China Icons (@chinaicons) May 16, 2016
These are small simple things one should be aware of when taking photos of food. Props can be beautiful and can make the background look lively. But one should think twice about the connotation it brings. It may end up as a cultural misinterpretation and can offend others.
How To Avoid Being “Racist” When It Comes To This
There’s a way to educate yourself when blogging photos of food. Noche advised that to have an accurate and better representation of food, one should listen to and hire people of color to represent their own cuisine. This isn’t just having them style the food as traditionally prepared. This is also a way of educating people about their culture.
Noche was actually slammed by netizens for talking about the issues of being “racist” when it comes to blogging about food. That something as simple as this is such an “issue”. But Noche shares that she wasn’t surprised. According to her, marginalized groups and people of color are “constantly gaslit for challenging the status quo”.
— Mic (@mic) March 7, 2017
So whether you’re food blogging as a professional or for fun, it pays to actually do a little research about the food you’re taking photos of. Not only are you doing it for the aesthetic, but you’re also actually doing it right.