Why do people share food photos? [Slideshow]

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Chris Tackett instagram food photo

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Jared Keller wrote a smart essay for Aeon Magazine on the significance of the food photos that have become popular on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites.

We laugh at the thought of a beautiful moment ruined by Instagram, but meals continue to fill our online lives. The internet is brimming with steak and fried eggs, kale and rice, ice cream and coffee. Food, of course, can be a sign of status, and documenting our every dinner might be a vehicle for self-expression: ‘Tell me what you eat,’ said Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, the 19th-century French lawyer, politician and gastronome, ‘and I will tell you what you are’. But the exotic cuisines, fine wines and clever plating that we recognise today are all built on the simple act of dining together. Food is inherently social, best consumed with friends or family; even eating with strangers is better than eating alone. It is essential to our social life that we invite people to eat with us, even when we’re separated by space and time.

As someone that has posted a fair share of food photos, it got me thinking about the types of photos I've shared and why I felt compelled to do so.

Click forward to see more food photos and some variations on the genre.