they've just stopped trying

I have a love of food photography. I love it almost as much as I love food - almost. I love the way good food photography captures my senses - the colors and textures help me imagine the smells and flavors. I also really love bad food photography for its disgusting irony (think Betos - the purpose of those photographs on the menu clearly is not to make you want to eat the "food"). A new trend is simply to photograph bad food - nothing particularly wrong with the quality of the photograph, there's just no attempt to hide the industrial quality of the food. (I have to wonder if these ads are creating or answering incredibly low expectations.) Here are a few of my favorites:


The strategically placed onions and the sponge on bottom really make this a work of art. And speaking of American "cheese" . . .

. . . would you like a square in your Jack in the Box taco? Oh, and please don't forget the drizzle of french dressing . . . and some well placed lettuce on the plate for authenticity.


And last but not least, and in a category all its own:

Finally, some truth in advertising.


  1. I would be desperate to eat those Sponge Bob cookies.

  2. That's too funny. Wow, those really don't look too apetizing.:)