I love instagram and twitter. And facebook. Wouldn’t it be great if one day I didn’t need to do any proper work – just taking instagrams, writing tweets, posting to facebook. That would be epic! I am moving towards it, little by little.
What’s that? I heard you: this Goode chap doesn’t do any proper work anyway. OK, I get you. My work isn’t arduous by conventional standards. It would be horrifying if I had to actually do a job, like most people do.
But I have an important question, that’s social media related. Should we be taking pictures of our food? And the wine that we drink, in restaurants?
Isn’t a restaurant meal a time to relax, enjoy good company, and have a pleasant gastronomic experience? Isn’t it a bit vulgar to be taking a picture of the plate in front of us, when our attention should be fully focused on our companions? Shouldn’t we really have a no phones on the table policy in restaurants?
I do love my phone, but I am getting increasingly worried about the effect that filming or photographing everything has on our actual engagement with reality. If you go to a concert or sporting event, a sizeable proportion of people are holding phones up, filming everything. For what reason? There is, I suspect, a subtle psychological process that takes place when we are behind our phones, which impacts on our involvement with the world around us. We move from being participants to observers.
Still, I take pictures of food. I quite like the policy that Heston Blumenthal’s restaurants have stated. Rather than banning the practice, they have set constraints. No flash photography. No standing up to take the picture. No shifting round the dishes. That seems like a sensible stance to take.
And wine? Generally speaking, I don’t think you should take a picture of a bottle of wine unless you are drinking it. It just seems odd to take a picture of a grand bottle in your cellar, or in a posh wine shop, that you aren’t actually consuming.