I really enjoy baking and gardening. This summer I had my first Texas garden and I really enjoyed it. I had a very prolific cherry tomato plant that gave me fresh tomatoes almost daily. As far as baking goes I’ve finally found a biscuit recipe that I like and I’ve enjoyed making freshly baked biscuits whenever the need arises. So I’ve found that as I’ve enjoyed both of these hobbies they’ve also lead to another enjoyment and that is of taking pictures of the objects that both hobbies produce, no pun intended!
The eggplants above weren’t grown in my garden but came from my local farmer’s market. I had never seen baby eggplant and they were so beautiful that I had to take them home and see what I could do with them. I ended up making an appetizer with them but I thought that they were so perfect that they needed to be photographed on their own before they were made into something else.
Also, you can see the cherry tomatoes I mentioned. In July I could have taken this same photograph daily, as my tomato plant was loaded with dozens of these rosy orbs. I’m glad I did take these photographs because they bring me enjoyment even now as we roll in to fall. I can appreciate the taste of summer through them. But I also love that they are not only a memory of a yummy treat or delicious salad but in and of themselves they are beautiful subjects worthy on their own as works of art.
So through my appreciation of food I have come to find a love of food photography. I love the way it shows everyday objects, things we take for granted, on an elevated scale. Through photos we can savor and appreciate the taste and sustenance these foods bring in an almost holistic way.
Photographer Katie Davies first made me take notice of this art through her photographs and since then I’ve taken notice whenever I see food photographs in books or magazines. How are the shots composed? What message are they trying to deliever? How do these photos make me feel? They help me to appreciate art in the everyday.
Have you taken photos of your food? Do tell.