I started my photography career with mostly Editorial Food. Over the years I've migrated to Lifestyle and Portraiture but even still my aesthetic seems to resonate well in food-related settings (see my White Stone Oyster Company or Beast Feast Project Galleries, for example). While these days I'm more likely to have people in the frame, I'm constantly thinking of food regardless. As an avid home cook I'm almost always preparing, planning, or scheming about it, so it's natural I should sometimes want to fix my camera on some of my own culinary creations.
Born of a thought I had about how to present 'corporate food,' I had the idea to create some food images fairly flat, with only a subtle, understated shadow - to let the copy stand out a bit. Think billboards or simple, clean recipe slides. To bring the idea to life I built a small set near my kitchen and shot various meals over the course of a few days.
I enjoy the simplicity of these and re-build that set from time to time to add to the series. The only downside is these are actual meals that I've been making and eating for years so I generally just shoot off a few frames and chow down, styling precision be damned!
Here are a couple images from the height of tomato season. Duke's Mayonnaise purists, please don't come at me for using Sir Kensington's! Love that stuff but since inflation skyrocketed it to SIXTEEN BUCKS a jar I've gone back to Duke's with my tail between my legs.
This series also led to a little stop motion film version that was a lot of fun to put together: