“I Ate This” is a Flickr group with 19,000 members and approximately 300,000 images. In other words, I am not alone in documenting food that I grow, food I make, food that is luxuriously made for me, shared food and food that my son Henry consumes. I have yet to document home made meals for our Akita Momotaro. The NY Times strengthened my feeling of suspected community with a recent article about visual food documentation in many of its glorious forms.
“In the unconscious mind, food equals love because food is our deepest and earliest connection with our caretaker,” said Kathryn Zerbe, a psychiatrist who specializes in eating disorders and food fixations at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. “So it makes sense that people would want to capture, collect, catalog, brag about and show off their food.”