I looked into a number of photographers for inspiration to help me settle on a style that I would like to photograph myself. I came across some of these photographers online and I found some of their names in a monthly food magazine published by the supermarket chain, Asda.
Tim Hill is a London based food photographer who works with his wife Zoe to capture the perfect image. Tim’s wife Zoe sets up the props, studio, lighting and even styles the food for Tim to capture the image and retouch it.
I am a fan of Tim’s work since discovering more about him, I love how much detail he captures in his images, and how he takes the photographs so close which allows us to see all the colours and details. I also like how he changes the style of photograph with different backgrounds, different props, lighting and also the angles he uses. When planning my food photographs, I am going to refer back to Tim’s work to help me plan my perfect shot.
Kevin Summers is an advertorial food photographer who create bright, colourful food images used for food brands such as Heinz, Pukka Pies and Flora. He uses bold text over the top of his images and puns/humour. The style of some of his work is very simple, with food on white plates and backgrounds and some of his work is more ‘arty’ with food being sliced up or misshaped/rearranged to look slightly abstract. I like the style of his work, however there is ‘too much’ going on in his images in my opinion and I prefer the style of Tim Hill than Kevin Summers.
Irving Penn is an American photographer who is famously known for his fashion, still life and portrait photography. Penn’s compositions are sparse and highly organised, paying very close attention to detail. He assembles food and/or objects that articulate the abstract interplay of line and volume. According to Penn, “photographing a cake can be art”. I like the simple abstract style of his work, the unique arrangements and shapes he creates make you look into his images more. For example, some of his work features apple skins in curl shapes, raw eggs and even food in cube forms, making it seem like more than just ‘food photography’ but more like art.
When taking my images, I am going to refer to the work of Tim Hill. As his style of work appeals to me very much, I would like to try and replicate my images in his style. I am going to photograph very close to the food, with bright lighting to bring out every minimal detail.