Shooting Food

Food is an important part of local culture. What a culture eats and how they eat it is as much a part of the unique personality of a place as any other cultural element, possibly more. What we eat locally reflects what we grow, what kind of land we have to farm, and what kind of climate in which we live. Photographed well, food can elicit a more complete response from us because it appeals to our senses. It can be very sensual, and even though we can only see the food in the photograph, a lifetime of eating has given us the tools to unconsciously infer the smell and the taste from only an image.

We have strong emotional ties to food, as well—it’s fundamental to our survival and chief among our pleasures. Food is at the foundation ...

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