Words But No Pictures

Saturday, September 15, 2007 13 No tags Permalink 0

For the past two years I’ve carried a camera with me everywhere I go. This camera was for the sole purpose of food pictures, and only once in a big while I’d have people pictures included. This was fun at first, very fun. But now, it is more of a burden than anything. This morning something happened. Something that made me second guess whether I would want to continue with the ‘photographing food’ part of blogging. And I don’t think I want to.

I want to write though. And I know a good part of the magic of a food blog (I’m starting to despise the word ‘blog’) involves photography. But then, I was looking over my archives and comparing it with more recent posts. And I’ve realized that as the pictures get better (they’re still pretty crappy), my words are going to shambles. Sometimes I worry that I’m more interested in posting pictures than words. And that is not what I want to do.

If it was not for this blog, I would not have meet and kept in touch with many people who have become close friends with today. That’s also magical. Because when you start a blog, you never do it with the intention of making friends or having people recognize you and then get freebies (the freebies part also makes me a little sick, and very guilty, even when it’s just a loaf of bread, or a bunch of pizza).

But you know what’s also irritating? Not being able to eat food for the comfort of food alone. Not being able to eat without first shooting pictures, and more pictures of food. It’s almost amusing at first. But it gets old pretty fast. Sometimes I forget what a luxury it is to eat food without going all camera crazy. I completely neglected to take picture of a wonderful lunch I had alone in the Village last week, and I think it was one of the best lunches I’ve had yet. Three glasses of champagne, my new Marc Jacobs bag, baked eggs, a gorgeous summer peach crostada all to myself. It was so amazing that I didn’t even realize I didn’t take pictures until a few days later. I wish all my meals could be like that.

It’s actually kind of silly if you think about it. All this picture taking is completely self-imposed. No one demands that I, or any food blogger for that matter, takes pictures. It just becomes a habit. A horrid habit in which nothing can enter the mouth without a single shot (or a dozen). And a habit I am going to break right now. The camera is going in the drawer. It will come out for people pictures (something I’ve neglected for years). And hopefully, as a result, the writing quality of this blog will improve.

I will continue to find good food, because what is life if you do not eat well? But I hope that my words will be enough to allow you to create the pictures yourself. Besides, there are so many blogs out there with wonderful pictures that will make your eyes glaze over in wonder and drool to slide down the side of your mouth. I’ll provide the words. And you can make up the pictures.

P.S.
I’ll take pictures from time to time, and I’ll post the pretty ones for (cause I’m a sucker for pretty things). But for the most part, I’m going to enjoy my meals camera free :) How nice it will be!

13 Comments
  • K & S
    September 15, 2007

    That is totally understandable! Can’t wait to hear about all your adventures, foodie or not :)

  • Charlie Fu
    September 15, 2007

    My gf and some friends complain that i write too much in my blog and i don’t have enough pictures. But my thoughts are exactly like yours, you end up relying too much on the pictures and it just doesn’t do the post justice. Good luck with this!

  • KirkK
    September 16, 2007

    Hey Kathy – The main thing is that you have to enjoy what, and how you do this “thing of ours” (wow, isn’t that what “Mafia” means). If you don’t, things won’t last, and will eat away at you.Regardless, I’m a terminal visitor!

  • anonymous
    September 16, 2007

    hi kathy, i actually LOVE the pictures on your blog and feel that it would be such a shame not to see them anymore! I guess for people like me (with little imagination)..pictures really do paint a thousand words..especially coupled with your delicious elaborations..makes ur blog a blast to read!!!!

  • anonymous
    September 16, 2007

    we’ll just have to wait and “see” how the new format works out. Btw, restaurant don’t customarily have pics of their food items on their menus, either, just the ingredients used in the dishes that they serve. I have a request. Would you mind posting a photo of the featured restaurant, itself?

  • anonymous
    September 16, 2007

    If you’re not going to use pictures anymore, I expect smell-o-vision that allows me to put my nose against my monitor and smell the food. :-)

  • anonymous
    September 16, 2007

    I understand the sentiment completely, as a writer myself, but I do feel that it’s a FOOD blog, and a good deal of food *is* the appearance. Less pictures, yes, but a few would be appreciated! Good luck!

  • reid
    September 16, 2007

    Kathy,I know exactly what you mean. It does get tiresome after a while, but for me, seeing the photos bring back memories of great meals, or a good time that I had in the company of someone that I hadn’t seen in ages.For me, the problem is that I don’t find food “exciting” anymore. Good luck to you! I wish I were in New York right now.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    September 16, 2007

    Hey Kat!I’m still going to post on for sure! It’s just the pictures part that have me questioning… :)Hey Charlie!That’s exactly what I was thinking! But I just read the other comments…and now I’m thinking if what we’re thinking is right. oh man, this is so confusing!…lol :)Hey Kirk!I loved taking pictures in the beginning, but now it seems to be a burden, and sometimes it even takes away from the enjoyment of a meal…hmmm, but then there’s the whole other perspective…I’ll think about it, but thanks for being a ‘terminal visitor’, hehe – I appreciate that! :)Hey Anon!I never realized how important pictures were until I read other food blogs, and naturally found myself more attracted to those with pictures, you make a very good point! :)Hey Ron!I’ll definitely do that for you! But read my latest post when you have a chance…do you like that compromise better? let me know! :)Hey Mavro!hehee, I wish I could do that for you! Oh man, I’d never stop reading blogs if they came with smell-o-vision!! :)Hey Anon!I’ll definitely still have picture…just not as much? Pictures are impt, esp when it comes to food blogs, as you pointed out. What do you think if the conclusion I came to in the latest post? :)Hey Reid!Looking back at old posts, I am glad that I have pictures to capture good memories, but then it makes me wonder if I able to enjoy the meal and moment when right I’m in in at that time, and not later on when I look back at pictures. Sometimes I feel like taking pictures ruin the moment…Lol, does that make sense? Sorry if I’m super confusing. I’m so happy to see that you posted a few photos on probably the most amazing meal ever!! I still check your blog everyday, hehe :)

  • anonymous
    September 17, 2007

    “….But read my latest post when you have a chance…do you like that compromise better? let me know! :)….”affirmative.

  • Deborah Dowd
    September 18, 2007

    I am so with you on this! I am cook and a writer, nota photographer and the time and trouble of staing a photo, getting the right light, etc. means someone’s food is cold by the time you have gotten just the right shot (which for me is only mediocre anyway!)

  • anonymous
    September 21, 2007

    Hi, today is the first day I’ve come across your blog. I was lead to it by “Kat n Satoshi’s” links. I put many pictures in my blogs and I like reading/looking at blogs with pictures. Doesn’t have to be “professional” pictures. Most of my pictures are taken by my cell phone. Thanks for providing interesting reading…

  • Kathy YL Chan
    September 22, 2007

    Hey Ron!Super thank you! =)Hey Deborah!That’s exactly how I feel! Why ruin the experience of enjoying that one moment b/c you need to photograph everything?! But at the same time, a blog with pictures is so much easier on the eyes :( sometimes I just wish I had a photgraphic memory that could just post pictures from my mind, lol! :)Hey Rick!Thanks for stopping by! I love having pictures on the blog, but sometimes I fear that my ‘need’ to take pictures so that I can blog interfers with my ability to enjoy that meal/experience at that very moment because I am too focused on getting the right shot. But you’re definitely right – a blog is not nearly as fun without some pictures at the very least :)

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