• Curry Laksa, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Copyright 2014 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved. On Instagram.

Monday Memories: a Return to Instagram and Food Photography

It was this photo (above) that resulted in me giving up posting to Instagram just over a year ago. It didn’t happen straight after I posted the image, but a couple of months later when Lara asked me for the high-res, DSLR version of the image for a magazine story. But there was no high-res image. I’d never taken it. I was too busy feeding the Instagram beast.

There was, however, another reason. Instagram had been bought by Facebook, a company I loathe, and I had deleted my Facebook account months ago after a social media project where I thought I would need it finished. It’s not for me.

However, given that our work is generally driven by good, old-fashioned print assignments and that the ink drying on our print articles and photos for magazines tends to fall way out of sync with where we actually are, I recently decided to start posting photos on Instagram again.

To be honest, I missed the instant feedback resulting from posting an image of what we’re doing while on assignment. I can quickly see which images resonate with viewers on Instagram and while it’s not going to alter the shoot for a magazine client, I do pay attention to what images get the most likes. Why wouldn’t you?

Over the past 12 months we’ve also become much better at managing our time on shoots and interviews — even if we do tend to turn 30-minute interviews into 90-minute ones, we’ve still allocated time to taking a few snapshots to post to show you what we’re up to.

I think “Instagram works best in close up using details to capture a mood or feeling,” to quote Peter Springett, who had some nice things to say a few years ago about my use of the tool, when he wrote about a series of food shots I took documenting my laksa making experiments.

There’s been some stunning food to photograph — not to mention eat – here in Singapore (although we haven’t tried nearly enough laksa) so check out our food-tastic feed here.

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About the Author:

Professional travel/food editorial/commercial photographer and food and travel writer based in Asia. His photography and writing assignments has seen him visit over 70 countries. Has authored some 40 guidebooks for Lonely Planet, DK, Footprint, Rough Guides, Thomas Cook, and AA Guides. Photography has appeared in Conde Nast Traveler, Australian Gourmet Traveller, Feast, Delicious, National Geographic Traveller, Wanderlust, Get Lost, Travel+Leisure Asia, DestinAsian, Four Seasons Magazine, Fah Thai, Sawasdee and many more.


  1. Amanda March 17, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    As much as it may be lo-res, I still think it’s a great image! 😉

  2. Terence Carter March 17, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Thanks Amanda, I really like it too, but I can see that it would make a great opening page spread for a story — if it was high res. As soon as we go back to KL, I’m going there and doing it right!

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