Great Food Photos

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Valentina Solfrini

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The great thing about the internet/social media is the ability to bring your own voice to the world. I love going through works by photographers that don’t live in places I’ve been to. I love to travel but honestly, I doubt I’ll be able to make it to every corner of the world and to catch a glimpse of lets say Via Fratta in Italy is quite amazing. Valentina Solfrini’s photos are very intimate and inviting and homey. Even though NYC is practically the opposite of where she lives, it makes me feel happy that I get to see moments of her life in Italy and a chance to imagine what life could be like if I move to the Italian countryside.

This is definitely making me want to work extra hard to save up and travel.

Valentina Solfrini

Q. Can you tell me what you’re trying to capture when you take your food photos?
A. I try to capture moods, colors, textures and feelings that I feel are fine-tuned to my soul. Before I try to make the food look delicious, or even bother with composition, I always try to ‘feel’ the picture and see it in colors and lights that feel the closest to my heart. My aim is to take pictures as I was inviting you over for dinner, and be transported in a little corner of a different world where you could sit back and contemplate the light. I want to photograph a whole experience – not only food. I am always the happiest when people say ‘Your pictures make me want to jump right into them!’

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Tom Smith

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When I spotted Diner Porn a site by Tom Smith on Tumblr, I quickly became a fan. What is it about diners that make them so special? Some people say it’s the nostalgia but I never grew up going to diners and yet I love them. Maybe it’s the people that work there or the menu…oh the menu of everything that you want from a restaurant or maybe just the old-timey feel of it. Whatever the reason, I love diners.

What I love most about what Tom is doing, is that he is spending time with the people in the diners. Getting to know them, know their stories, and the history of the diner. Each person is unique and so is each diner.

Tom Smith

Q. Can you tell me what you’re trying to capture when you take your photos?
A. I try not to try at all. I like to become part of the scene and let the camera do the observing. Sometimes I’ll separate myself from the camera for a few minutes while I have a conversation. People really relax once they see that you (the photographer) are not a stranger. I studied documentary film at Emerson College, and what I loved most about the medium was the authenticity and the character that filmmakers could capture when barriers are broken down between the observer and the observed. If I’m photographing a table of food, I might add or subtract a plate or a side dish but I try to keep things as authentic as possible.

I love talking to people I don’t know. It’s really inspiring to find out the the strangers around you are going through the same problems. We’re all in this together. Corporate chain restaurants don’t have this sense of community that diners have, where you can be friendly and talk across the room. My friends and I call it IBC: Inter-Booth Communication. It’s an amazing thing.

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Marta Greber

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Late last year, I happened to stumble upon the photo tour of Berlin by Marta Greber on Food & Wine. I was quickly drawn in by her lovely photos and how great it was to remind me of my own trip to Berlin back in 2008. Berlin is an awesome city and I don’t know when I’ll ever get back to it. So in the meantime, I’ll just have to “visit” Berlin through Marta’s photos. Though at the moment she’s exploring Sydney and her photos are making me consider that it’s about time for a trip to Australia.

Marta Greber

Q. Can you tell me what you’re trying to capture when you take your food photos?
A. I am trying to show how great it is to have a nice meal. Everything counts when you have a meal – not only food, which of course it the most important element, but also a plate, a fork, a piece of linen on a table, nicely served good coffee , a vase with the flowers or a small bowls with extras. We eat first with our eyes, and then we taste the food. Preparing a nice looking meal in the morning can make your day awesome.

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Beth Kirby

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It’s hard not to be drawn in by Beth Kirby’s photos. Her command of the light and shadow is amazing. And also the feeling I get from her photos, the mood, the subject, the color…really inspires me. Making the mundane sacred, she writes below, is quite important especially nowadays. We live in a time when we’re constantly plugged in and there are so many things going on in the world. Some times you really need to just do something mundane and put all your heart into it.

Beth Kirby

Q. Can you tell me what you’re trying to capture when you take your food photos?
A. A narrative. A slow, quiet story. An accessible, mundane romance. The opposite of eating in your car. What I mean by all of that is that I’m trying to capture the idea that we can all carve out a space in our lives for tea, baking from scratch, a trip to the market—all the things that don’t just make for more delicious & healthful food but the things that replenish our psychological and spiritual reserves. While we can replenish those in pointedly meditative ways, I believe that by making the mundane sacred, we are constantly nurturing ourselves. That’s what I try to capture when I take a photo be it of a meal or the table it will go on: the sacred in the mundane.

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Kimberley Hasselbrink

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May I get the first image as a GIANT POSTER? It’s just so gorgeous! Going through Kimberley Hasselbrink’s blog gives me a sense of warmth especially right now when NYC is constantly being bombarded with snow storm after snow storm. The splashes of colors, the vibrantness of her images, the light, and the shadow are so well done. Oh…I can’t wait till her book, Vibrant Food: Celebrating the Ingredients, Recipes, and Colors of Each Season, comes out in June.

Be sure to check more of her photos on Instagram.

Kimberley Hasselbrink

Q. Can you tell me what you’re trying to capture when you take your food photos?
A. I pay a lot of attention to colors and textures – they bring images of food to life. I’m obsessed with light. I think about the structure of the ingredients too – kind of like sculpture. I’d love to inspire some kind of hunger or appetite or enthusiasm for the food that I’m shooting. Lately I’ve been enjoying just being present and capturing a moment, or a narrative, which is harder to translate into a tabletop scene. I’m interested in seeing how I can bring that back to the structure and control of the studio work that I do.

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Tara Sgroi

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I became familiar with Tara Sgroi’s work after meeting Camille Becerra at Taste Talks last summer. Honestly I haven’t been feeling too creative lately and haven’t been photographing as much as I want or updating this blog as much as I wanted. But seeing Tara’s beautiful photos and her incredibly awesome 15sec videos on her Instagram feed are really kicking me in the ass to be creative again.

Tara Sgroi

Q. Can you tell me what you’re trying to capture when you take your food photos?
A. I tell stories with my images and videos. My stories are related to food, people, animals, kids and my absolute favorite is when everything mingles together in a mess of a gathering where I can be invisible and capture every aspect of the moment.

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Khue Ly

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Tumblr continues to amaze me with the number of great looking food blogs and it’s super nice to have a dedicated section for food blogs. I’ve been following Khue Ly’s blog for a while now. It’s really not that hard to get lost in her blog. It’s like an endless waterfall of deliciousness floating (or scrolling) in front of your eyes.

Khue Ly

Q. Can you tell me what you’re trying to capture when you take your food photos?
When I’m taking picture of food, I want to re-create the vibe of the scenario around me, and also how appealing and attractive the dish is. Not every food is presented well, but I believe each has their own unique charm that makes people just want snatch and eat it right away. I want to bring that out by my photos.

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