“What we perceive of color and food the camera doesn’t perceive that”.
-Swati Desai, of the Food Studio.
A career in food photography primarily means making food look good for the camera.
In today’s time, photography has become an integral part of the dining experience. People taking pictures of the food and sharing it on various social media handles are a common site. Many restaurants even push the envelope when they encourage you to share their experience of dining on their respective social media handles.
However, a food photographer’s job certainly doesn’t revolve around social media only. It is a curated display of pictures on varied art, fashion, cookbooks and various forms of journalism.
A food stylists job circulates around making the food look good for the camera, it involves activities like undercooking the food or oiling the food.
But a food photographer, however, is the one responsible to click mouth-watering pictures for readers and viewers to see.
A food photographer has to look after plating and buy in more time. A series of renowned food photographer right from Henry Fox Talbot till now tells us various stories of politics and history by their respective camera snaps.
A food photographer also has to bring forth the history of still life and art photography. He/ she has to bring out a range of different ways where food has to be photographed.
Food itself is way more than what you eat. Food is about culture, celebration, and religion. It is also about power and status. Food habits showcase the socio-economic condition of society. So a photographer has to keep in mind the variants of politics, power, status, health conditions, strength and also a pleasure.
A food photographer can work for the nation as food represents a nation. So a photographer has to properly pave out the way to represent a particular nation to avoid doubts. Like when an English breakfast is on display one doesn’t blink to understand that the picture represents Britain or her people’s food habit. Or when a chicken tikka is on display, immediately one associate it with India.
Food photographers play a pivotal role to bring forth the economics of the present or future. Pictures of the food stand in to capture poverty or excess and other various consumption habits. It also captures desires and pleasure.
They can work in advertising and other entertainment ventures like magazines and travel shows and branch out.
They also can work as a fashion photographer, where their job is to enhance food from a good angle.
They can work on other various travel channels as a food photographer to bring forth various food habits and food eating habits of people around the world.
They can also work as a food blogger to critique food from various restaurants around and also practice street photography.
They can also work as a political journalist, to bring forth social issues like poverty or excess.
Working as a food photographer can be a powerful tool of change. They can make or break gender stereotypes for people around to see.