Food photography is a lucrative business and the ways in which people photograph food for publication is constantly evolving. Right now, trends in food photography leans towards artfully arranged half-eaten displays or close-up views with a very shallow depth of field. I like both of these styles, but in my photographs I'm trying to do something different. I have two distinct missions when I make photographs for this blog. I either try to make the foods I photograph look heroic, or I want to give them a sense of place. Sometimes I can manage to do both. Here are a few examples.
|My first batch of homemade pickles.|
|Rotten pumpkin, June 14, 2010.|
And of course, I often use this technique for my homegrown fruits and vegetables. I'm so proud of them that I just can't help making them look as heroic as possible. My photograph of our first Mortgage Lifter of the season is a prime example of this.
|My first Mortgage Lifter, August 13, 2010.|
And don't get me started on my photos of country ham. I don't think I've created the ultimate country ham photo yet, but it isn't for lack of trying. Here's an example from the post Country Ham Delivery!
|Our first country ham at our new house, April 6, 2010.|
Every once in a while, I can manage to make the foods I love seem heroic AND give them a sense of place. I hope this photograph of prune tarts at Anne Willan's house tells you a bit about both prune tarts and Anne Willan. They're both fantastic.
|Prune tarts with cup of ypocras in the background, Anne Willan's kitchen, June 2010.|
I make photographs of foods that I love and I try to convince viewers to love them too. Not because of their perfection (and sometimes in spite of their obvious flaws), but because these foods bring history to life. I want these photographs to convince you to think about the foods that you eat and how you can share your own personal history through food. I hope that you will take the time to grow and prepare foods that are unique and special to your family. If you do, I want to see photos.