Interview with Food Photographer Guy Harrop
Our 2013 Food and its Place category winner was Guy Harrop for his image ‘Scrumpy time: Pickers gather apples during harvest at Ostler's cider Mill, one of only a handful of traditional cider orchards left in Devon, UK. Harvest time for cider fruit is roughly from September to November and by October most of the fruit has fallen to the ground ready to be picked.’
Camera / Technical Detail: Nikon D3S, 1/160 sec at f14, two off camera remote flashes used.
Guy said of being a category winner, fantastic. Last year I had 2 images shortlisted in this competition, coming 2nd in one of the categories so to win in a category this year is amazing. I shoot a lot of food for producers and magazines, and food photography is one of my passions, so I am thrilled for my work to be recognised at this level again.
Guy can be seen in the image on the right receiving his award from Journalist, Writer, Broadcaster and Food Critic Jay Rayner (left) and Managing Director of Coregeo Ltd, the Master Licensor of Pink Lady® in the UK, Andy Macdonald (right).
We asked Guy to tell us a little about where he lives and if, at all, it influences his photography.
I live in Devon in the West Country, UK and am surrounded by fields, farms and the sea. There is a fantastic range of local produce on my doorstep, so being influenced by my surroundings and the people working the land and at sea seems quite natural.
What first interested you in food photography?
I wanted to be a chef before I became a photographer and grew up in a busy hotel kitchen. My parents were successful hoteliers and I started baking from an early age, helping them with the daily restaurant covers. This gave me an understanding of cooking food and after years working as a news/reportage photographer it feels a natural area to be working in.
Which photographers, if any, have most influenced your work?
I think everyone influences you in their own way; photographers, stylists and the excitement in the kitchen! Non food related, I do admire fashion/editorial photographers Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott and Rankin.
If you would like to connect with Guy you can visit his website www.guyharrop.com , his blog http://westcountryphotographer.blogspot.co.uk and he is also on Twitter @guyharrop