Mmmm yummy…mouth-watering…..definetly not the feeling that way after having just struggled through my left overs! This week’s theme should provide an interesting challenge. From what perspective should I take this? The first thing that I think of when I think of “mouth-watering” is something incredibly delicious to eat (like The Melting Pot…my favorite resurant…don’t judge…lets go!). A craving, your favorite dish or restaurant, a decadent dessert, a savory dish. It’s something you enjoy every single bite of, and admit it, you’re a little sad when it’s over. In the world of blogging, cooking shows, advertising, and so on, the lovely name of “food porn” has even been created by those who have to take pictures of every interesting, unique, and well executed meal that they encounter and obsess over. Yes, mouth-watering can be defined as something which smells/looks delicious, and is intended to be consumed, but it could also be defined in another way.
To be incredibly tempting, enticing, or highly attractive is another perspective. Wouldn’t you say that the common phrase “to drool over” someone is another interpretation of mouth-watering? I would. Well, I suppose that is unless you think of it as Homer Simpson would, who literally drools over pretty much anything. I mean, even when people talk about other attractive people, they describe them in ways that you would a really great tasting meal. Ex: “Look at that tall drink of water coming this way. Yum/delicious/mmm/tasy….etc”. I’m cracking myself up over here, but you get what I’m saying, and the list goes on.
From a completely opposing view, and a medical stand point, mouth-watering can be a precursor to some pretty gross things, like nausea and vomiting….so I’m pretty sure I’ll be staying away from that! I don’t want to take pictures of people throwing up, thanks, and I’m sure you’re not interested in seeing things like that, double thanks. I’m sure that wasn’t the intended interpretation for this week’s theme anyways.
So, since I don’t particularly want to take pictures of food for this week, I’ll be thinking of some alternative approaches for this theme. As always, since models are hard to come by for me, I’ll leave you with a few pictures, sans people. I suppose you could classify one as your typical “food porn”; my most popular cupcake flavor, la Red Velvet. It’s truly delicious. The second is from a film photography project where I was working with opposites. I was sort of stuck in this theme or good and evil, pure and impure, fresh/new and old/decrepid. One of the ideas I had, which I ultimately didn’t work too much with, was the apple; one pure, and the other , bitten, but biting back. It sort of reminded me of the poison apple from Snow White, but then also gave me the feel of the apple from the Garden of Eden. Both were under circumstances where they knew they shouldn’t be eating it, but they just couldn’t resist, and suffered the consequences.