Food Photography in the Street
Robin Stewart’s image entitled ‘Crouch End’ was the winning image of our Food in the Street category in 2017.
Image Description: South American festival in London summer 2016. I was there to photograph people rather than food. I managed to get nice and low for this image, I took several in quick succession but this one stood out for facial expressions and communication between the group.
Technical: Panasonic Lumix DMC LX100 (my travel camera)
Please tell us more about capturing your finalist image. For example, what was happening around you, what inspired the shot, and were there any challenges?
It was a busy day, lots of people and I was focused on 'street' shots which I find quite difficult because I'm a little reserved and don't like pushing a camera into people’s faces. I would have been happier if the people standing behind this group had moved, it would have given me a cleaner composition but perhaps it adds to the street feel. The challenges were crouching low enough to be able to look up and shoot unobtrusively to capture a natural image.
What was it about the image that you feel fitted the category so well?
The 'street'! They are literally sitting on the kerb because all the benches were taken. It is a bit of a dirty and gritty shot and I like it all the more for that. The interaction and passing of food between the group is natural and the boy looking up and smiling whilst holding the burger is the best bit for me. Completely natural and unaware of me.
How did it feel to be a finalist for the Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2017?
Absolutely fantastic - I was here in 2015 and am very excited to have a second finalist image.
What would you say attracts you most to the photography of food?
I teach cookery so photographing food goes hand in hand with that. I also like it as a still life genre from Henry Fox Talbot to Laura Letinsky - my favourite food photographer although not an obvious choice perhaps!
What are your thoughts on the cultural impacts of new smartphone apps on the photography sector?
It is the natural progression of photography. Artists working in paint were concerned that photography would put them out of business in the 19th century. They adapted and changed introducing surrealism, cubism, impressionism, abstraction etc. The impact should be viewed as positive because it is here to stay and it is up to photographers with more than a passing curiosity to food photography do something smartphone apps can't.
Which photographers, if any, have most influenced your work?
Laura Letinsky for still life. Jean-Baptiste Huynh has some beautiful still-life work too. Klaus Pichler for his political food photography and Davide Luciano for his food narratives.
Please tell us a little about where you live and if, at all, how it influences your photography.
I live in Rutland, a beautiful little county. It is a bit quiet though, I have to create images, they aren't just there for the taking!
What projects have you been working on recently?
My focus this year has been on my cookery school: www.rutlandcookeryschool.co.uk with no photography projects this year. I'm in Mumbai in January researching Indian street food for the school and hope to take some good images there. I have a GoPro now as well to capture some good video footage.
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