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Bad Restaurant Food Photography: Colonoscopy, Jaundice and Muckety Muck!

03/12/2013 09:18 am ET | Updated May 12, 2013

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Once again, it's time to love the art of bad restaurant food photography.

The skinny: Restaurants frequently take their own photos of food items on their menu. Then they display these photographic-triumphs in their eatery's window to entice customers. The result is often the opposite of what was intended; it actually makes the meal look less appealing. Blurry, badly lit, out-of-focus, poorly framed, often shot with a disposable camera -- this genre of photography deserves a little recognition from the art community.

Grab a fork and leave your appetite at home, because once again it's times to explore the marvels of... Bad Restaurant Food Photography!

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Colonoscopy

I'm pretty sure this restaurant acquired this photograph from the Discovery Channel. Or the restaurant proprietor snapped this shot with a microfiber camera inside the human body. For some reason, he mislabeled the image and mistook it for a gyro.

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Jaundice on a Bun

Know what I like from my sandwiches? Yellow -- the color yellow. Yellow, yellow, yellow. The more yellow, the better. I like it when my sandwiches look like they're in the late stages of jaundice. Yellow-tastic! Yellow-rific!

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Insert Your Own Joke Here...

The easy joke here would be... what, people? Come on, I know what you're thinking. You know what this looks like. And it comes served with yellow sauce.

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What The?!? Huh?

The menu items looks just like a bed bug... okay, it is a bed bug -- but not exactly the kind of advertisement you want outside your deli that serves up cole slaw.

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Dark Side of the Moon

What I want my bagels to look like -- a lunar eclipse. Wasn't this a Pink Floyd album cover?

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Muckety Muck

Sure, no one can figure out what exactly that muckety muck is in the food serving bin -- but check out that bottle of Coke. It's flippin' huge in scale with the muckety muck.

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Fried Crab Puffs

Is it a good idea to have a photo of food in your window that requires subtitles -- otherwise no one would know what the hell that thing is on the plate?