Today I’m drifting away slightly from the chronological order of my blog to talk a little bit about the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year exhibition on at the Mall Galleries this week. This is an excellent example of food photography being taken seriously as an art genre.
The exhibition celebrates the art of food photography and showcases the winning images in 9 different categories. Looking around the gallery, you can see how many of the images have been influenced by 17th century still life paintings – in particular, Jonathan Gregson’s entry into the Cream of the Crop category.
|Jonathan Gregson – 3rd Place – Cream of the Crop|
The images in the ‘Food Portraiture’ category were excellent, such beautiful images of food, where the subject is almost glorified. The winner of the category, Hilary Moore, really captures that in her image of blueberry ice cream – shallow depth of field is used to really draw your attention to the ice cream, the blueberries in soft focus, hinting at the flavour. The other images were equally outstanding – the judges must have had a very tough time choosing the winners.
|Hilary Moore – 1st Place – Food Portraiture|
It was also great to see some beautiful work in the ‘Young (Under 18’s) category and how food photography appeals to young people. This image below by Kyle Meadows, winner of the 15-17 category, reminds me of Harold Edgerton’s milk drop image by the way he has captured the liquid in mid-air.
|Kyle Meadows, Winner of 15-17 Young (Under 18’s)|
Photographers from all over the world entered this competition, so it’s great to see such a varied collection of work. Congratulations to the overall winner, Jean Cazals The rest of the images can be seen here, but I would definitely recommend going to see the prints in person as they are really quite breathtaking. Word of warning though, you will come out ravenously hungry!