New York Restaurant Bad Food Photography



Hypothetical question: Lets say you own a restaurant in New York City. (Sometimes known as the Big Apple.) You want to convey to your customers that the food served—from the kitchens of your restaurant—is really “yummy” and/or “delicious.” So what you decide to do is grab a camera and take photographs of the food items on your menu.

How hard can it be?

You know your food is scrumptious; all you have to do is grab any old dish, put it under some florescent lights, snap away—and then put the final photographic result in your restaurant window and wait for the hungry crowds arrive. Yes, no need to hire a professional photographer—you can do the photos yourself. (You own a camera—remember?) Except the end photographic result is usually the opposite of what you intended: the images make people NOT want to eat the items on your menu. Blurry, out-of-focus, or just plain sun-faded restaurant photos—let’s salute the art of bad food photography: New York-style!



This is what all sandwiches will look like after the nuclear bomb drops on America, Martial Law goes into effect, and we’re all forced to live in FEMA camps. We’ll each consist on one of these radioactive sandwiches per day. Bon appetit.



Glancing at this food image, I’m not sure if it’s either cubes of cheese, cubes of potatoes, or cubes of diced chicken. It’s cheese, right? No. How about potatoes? Wrong again. Chicken cubes? No…..



Is this a decorative plate with some sort of food on top of it, or is it a decorative plate—with just more decorative plate? Or better yet: is it a plate of ghosts? That’s it; these are stir-fried ghosts.



You got me: was this surreal photo shot by Salvador Dali? These could possibly be muffins; possibly not. But the pure genius here is how the what ever this food might be it subtly blurs into the background as one. These could also be several small cups of orange soup. Or one of those acid trip scenes from a 60’s Peter Fonda movie: Stop the muffins from melting! Stop melting muffins!



Damn you British Petroleum! Look at the tragic result of the Gulf oil spill. I hope the execs at BP walk by this restaurant window and see the harm they caused the environment and its wildlife. Or did the restaurant owner run over this roadkill early with his car?



They have a new feature on cameras: it’s called “focus.” When I want to entice people with my falafel, the best I can did is stick my lens into the Middle Eastern sandwich as far as I can. The closer the camera, the more appetizing it is for customers.

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