I just finished an 8 week intensive course on food photography and with it a small book of images produced, in most part, for that course. Above is the cover of the book. I must say that I was somewhat, and pleasantly, surprised at how much I enjoyed photographing food. It wasn't necessarily just the subject matter, in fact food can be very frustrating considering the ridiculous amount of tedious styling that goes into making food look like something that the viewer might actually desire to consume. And that's not even to mention the fact that during long shoots when you're practically famished, especially towards the end, it almost amounts to sheer torture to be intimately focused on the very thing that your weakened body is yearning for, that it might attain some relief from your self-induced state of hunger. What I enjoyed most was developing ideas that would center around a concept concerning each particular shoot, and then finding ways to bring that concept to fruition through still imagery. I would love to write more on that, but I haven't gotten much sleep over the past few days, and I'm beginning to nod off in front of my computer screen. Anyway, I was fairly happy with the outcome, so I thought that I would share some of it here. I did write a forward for the piece which goes like this:
Food is a very interesting thing. It has the ability to move us into action or freeze us in our tracks and demand all of our attention until we can concentrate on nothing else. It can conjure up countless emotions within the human brain as it forces us to recall one of a million different memories. It can be dreaded and it can be joyously anticipated. It can bring families and friends together and foster the creation of new relationships as well as the growth of those already in existence.
It is no wonder why we are drawn to the subject. Perhaps it is because food is absorbed by every one of our senses: sight, smell, touch, taste, and even sound. Perhaps it is because of the memories it conjures in our minds, like when the smell of a freshly baked apple pie takes you right back to your grandmother’s warm, sunny kitchen. Perhaps it is because our bodies have a basic human need to be sustained by it. Perhaps it is because we are cognizant of the pleasure that is about to ensue as we sink our teeth into that delectable dish. Or maybe it’s just because our own history is wrought with food being synonymous with good times. Whatever the reason, food plays an integral roll in our daily lives. Whether it's a croissant and a cup of coffee on the porch in the wee hours of the morning, or the pinnacle of fine dining on a Saturday night in the big city, food is very much a part of who we are.
Below are a few of my favorite pages from the book...