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An exhibition at the Topfoto Gallery in Edenbridge, Kent, exploring food photography as art, all shot in daylight.
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The Art of Food Photography
Exhibition held at Topfoto Gallery, Edenbridge extended to July 12, 2011
When I tell people that I am a food photographer and that I shoot food for magazines, or books or food packaging and those large posters in supermarkets, the first question is usually about what we do to the food to make it look so good. Everyone seems to have heard stories about awful materials painted on, or strange substitutes for the real thing.
In my twenty years as a food photographer I have always aimed to avoid the tricks and photograph food as simply as possible, the food is what it is - real. All the photographs in this exhibition were shot using daylight as the light source but to make the most of the texture, colour and shape of food using natural light presents at least as much of a challenge as using a complicated flash lighting set up. I work with talented food stylists to arrange things beautifully on a plate and take great care with props and composition, but the real skill for me in food photography is finding a way using light, focusĀ  and composition to convey to the viewer the same excitement that I feel when I first look at my subject and want to eat it!
These pictures show some of the solutions to that problem.