Food photography ain't what it used to be. (Thank heavens.)
Tom Kelley ArchiveAhhh, #foodporn. How many of us happily devour it (or create it) every day? In fact, for some people, capturing an Instagram-worthy snap of a meal can take precedence over actually eating it. But not that long ago, food photography was less slick ― and, it must be said, often less appetizing ― than it is today. Skeptical? Take a look at the pictures here, from a more innocent time ― before social media made food porn addicts of us all.Tom KelleyA potentially edible worm corkscrews its way through a ... flayed tomato, maybe?
Tom Kelley ArchiveA delightful prawn salad, topped off with an avocado slice and vinaigrette.Tom Kelley ArchiveA fish sandwich in an oddly featureless roll takes pride of place on a plastic plate.Tom Kelley ArchiveAn assortment of largely unidentifiable sweet foods presented with care on … a slice of wood?
Tom Kelley/Getty ImagesFresh beef emerges from a meat grinder as two men hard-stare in the background.Tom Kelley ArchiveSomewhere under the layers of gummies and dried nuts is a cupcake.Tom Kelley ArchiveEither a juicy Sloppy Joe, or a very loosely constructed burger. Evidently, someone on the crew was hungry.
Tom Kelley Archive/Getty ImagesAn assortment of desserts including molded Jell-O, chocolate pudding, a banana-cream pie, and some fruit that might have wandered in from another studio.Tom Kelley ArchiveAn enticing bowl of intensely red stew with soup crackers on the side.Tom Kelley ArchiveA classic meatloaf, along with some vegetables that, it seems, the chef forgot to include in the dish.
Tom Kelley ArchiveA bowl of heavily dressed salad boasts bits of cubed beef and slices of hard-boiled egg. The dinner rolls look appetizing though.
Tom Kelley ArchiveAn alluring assortment of fresh fruit and vegetables, topped with even fresher dollops of mayonnaise.
Tom Kelley ArchiveA glistening turkey shares a bed of lettuce with pineapple slices and cranberry globs.
Tom Kelley ArchiveWhat do you see when you look at these intriguingly arranged scoops of cottage cheese?
Tom Kelley ArchiveSurf and turf and...garden? A hunk of red meat and cubes of fish nestle alongside slices of tomato, a scallion, and a single black olive.