If you look at food advertising, particularly in magazines, I’m guessing you’ve noticed that there are some similarities in what you see. The current fad is for clean, simple images. Usually they are simply lit. Often they convey a sense of casual elegance, an invitation to linger. I think this trend speaks to something that is pretty basic, the need for community, an opportunity to connect. Our lives tend to be full and rushed, these ads speak to the desire to slow down and savor. For my current Photoshop food project I am attempting to capture a bit of that. My images went through a second round of critique and here are two that came out on top:
If you missed the first round, or just want to look again, you can do so here.
So, they are a bit different from the first round. I simplified the composition, and took a lot of shots because I was working with natural light and wanted to have a lot to choose from. What do you think of these images? Does one appeal to you more than the other? are there certain elements that you like or dislike? Do you like this trend in food advertising? I have to admit that I do. The problem though with fads, is to still make your own work look original, that can be tricky…
I will be shooting again, and have a few ideas of my own, but I would like to hear what you have to say.