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Why Food Photos are Looking Different

Instagram photos of food used to be more style than substance — carefully edited plates of perfection. Now, you're more likely to see messy dishes that look delicious, slapped together, and as if you could actually make them yourself. Here's a look at the reasons behind this aesthetic shift. Plus, why some "ugly" food is more sustainable.

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    How We Photograph Food is Changing

    Instagram Food Is Having a Vibe Shift

    Instagram Food Is Having a Vibe Shift

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    Eater - Bettina Makalintal

    For a long time, food looked one way on Instagram. It was the look of crisp, pristinely lit plates seen from above, with sprigs of herbs strewn to appear haphazard, despite the tedious work of styling tweezers; stacks of pancakes and cookies shot at exactly the correct angle to show a blur of eggs, …

    TikTok is transforming how and what we eat

    TikTok is transforming how and what we eat

    A woman slices cucumbers in her kitchen. She’s hunched over her cutting board, which has the added benefit of bringing the camera closer to her face. You only hear the sounds of cooking. Cucumbers sliding across a mandoline. Fork hitting plate. A man in his 20s sits in his bedroom. He’s …

    The Rise of Food on Social Media

    How food influencers affect what we eat

    How food influencers affect what we eat

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    BBC Future - Jessica Brown

    Many of us are lucky enough to have some degree of choice over what we eat. When we open the fridge or browse the shelves of the local supermarket, there are a smorgasbord of options available to us. But are the decisions we make about our diet as free as we like to think? What if there was …

    Ugly Food and Food Waste

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