cheek-to-cheek-10-Jan-15 Here in the UK as the harvest across the country is being brought in by our farmers we call for entries to our Bring Home the Harvest category for 2016. To inspire you in creating your entries we share the story of the 2015 winning image, ‘Cheek to Cheek’ by Ian Thomas.

“Archie McCallum was an adventurer who settled in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. Years ago, I saw Archie  with a huge yellowtail slung across his back. This image stayed with me, haunted me. Recently, I met Nicholas Plaatjies, his great grandson, also an expert angler. Here he imitates his famous ancestor.”

Please tell us a little about where you live and how it influences your photography.
I live in Africa. Many people here have to hunt and forage for food, so the ability to track animals, catch fish, or identify edible plants etc is fascinating. If I can capture this skill and the end result, the food, then I consider the image a success.

How would you best describe food photography as a field of work?
It makes me so much more aware and curious about where food comes from; how it is prepared; how it looks - and how precious it is.

How does travel & exploring a different culture influence your work?
Travel and different cultures exposes me to different ways that food is obtained and especially the concept of returning home to a family with precious food or sustenance. This fascinates and inspires me.

Can you tell us about what inspires you?
Nature and its ability to look after itself and still supply us with stunning, nutritious, and delicious food.

How does it feel to be a Finalist for the Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2015?
It is stunning! Amazing! I believe it to be one of the most, if not the most prestigious food photography competition in the world. And to be a Finalist is an achievement!

Which photographers, if any, have most influenced your work?
No name in particular, but anyone who creates a fascinating food image.

I am interested in how any animal brings in the harvest. And living in Africa gives me a wonderful opportunity to observe and photograph how our incredible range of predators, particularly lions go about this. Lions regularly display phenomenal strength and hunting ability to bring down large prey. I attach an image of a male lion with a giraffe kill that demonstrates this. If I could find an example of how immense human effort was used to bring in the harvest - I would love to photograph it.


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