In the middle of “First Camera, Then Fork,” an article in Wednesday's NYT dining section about obsessive, amateur food photodiarists, a California psychologist discusses whether taking pictures of what you eat – all day, every day – teeters on the pathological.
1) Do you photograph your morning coffee?
2) Yell at your oatmeal because it's ugly?
3) Mist your pancakes with hairspray?
4) Do you toss pomegranate seeds where they don’t belong -- on burgers, chili, pizza -- for a sassy *pop* of color?
5) Do you photograph popcorn at movie theaters? Franks at ballparks? Milk in sippy cups?
6) Have you perfected a recipe for rainbow sherbet, even though it's disgusting?
7) Do you wake up at night, sweating, and scream, “FOLLOW THE LIGHT.”
8) Have you moved your kitchen table outdoors?
9) Do you spoon your tripod?
10) Would you rather capture the beauty of a frosted cupcake than the wide-eyed stare of a newborn child?
If you answered yes to these questions, stop taking pictures of the Funyons, and leave your camera by the door.