|Photo taken by 食記 M|
When dinner time rolls around, Hong Kongers aren't reaching for their chopsticks these days. Instead, they're picking up their camera phones to capture those glamorous first moments of the meal in a foodie photo shoot. The food is their willing model, snapped from a distance, close up, and at any angle, no detail is spared. But why are they doing it?
I'm a dedicated snapper, so today isn't the first time I've been asked this question. The answer is very simple: to share.
Writing an online review or putting your photos up to Facebook is a way of joining the conversation. This kind of interactivity takes your food experience to a wider audience. You get to applaud the good and slam the bad, and it's all completely free from commercial interest. This subculture has gradually developed into a reliable source of information and an alternative to tradition media.
We may not be experts at describing flavours, but a simple photo and a single sentence is the most honest, direct and valuble form of feedback you can give to a restaurateur and all diners out there. Would you like to join us?
文章刊於 foodtalk issue 27 (Sept-Oct 2011)