Food for thought is good for health…
– Nihar Pradhan
Food photography is a delight to the eyes but is a challenge to the hand, it can be created the way you want it to be and then capture the creation in the same way. You can set the blank background and start putting the pieces in plates to position the plates in multiple imaginative patterns. Imaginative patterns make creative designs…food is no exception. But it needs an intelligent mind to guide the eye to handle the craft of food art.
The geometrical dimensions of lines, layers and angles comes into play…you can play with the combination of lines and layers, and choose the angle to get the perfect shot. This doesn’t undermine in any way the role of light and colour. Taking the light away from the food is sometime more magical in food photography than having the light on the food, in the same way choice of colour combination makes a huge difference in food photography.
I started with the starters. I had to taste through my eyes. The colourful starter assortment and the variety of sauces in the white background made the foreground items conspicuously creative in its presentation. The white curvature cutlery organized in rows and columns crafted a pattern for perfect picture.
I couldn’t see any pattern or perfection in the main course; I shifted my position and focused on the deserts. It was a sheer ecstasy. The medium sized cylinder shaped glasses filled with white coloured desert with the red cherries cheering the surface. The round shaped small sized plates carrying the yellow pudding with the red topping on one side to brown chocolate pudding to other side. The rectangular shaped plates in the center stuffed with the white coloured desert brighten the staged candle light dinner.
Though this part of the desert was defining in nature but as I moved to the other part the desert was no less and was displaying its towering manifestation. The black background was the prefect contrast to the pink cake. The stepped up cut pieces of cake created the footsteps, for the huge cake to be topped, with the pink roses in any artistic displayed to be frozen in the eyes of lens. Food photography is a dedicated stream of photography, it needs the crafty balance between the focus of eye and control of hand…nevertheless; my fleeting engagement with food photography was an intriguing experience.