Mike Nowill’s image ‘Hand Made’ was the winner of our Food Bloggers category in 2015. We caught up to find out about the bakery in which it was captured and about his work in photography.
“Handmade Bakery is a not-for-profit community-supported artisan bakery owned and run by its members. It’s a flourishing bakery producing 1500 loaves of real bread each week. I have worked with the team on several shifts to produce both still images and a video of the whole bread making process the image was taken at the end of the shift showing the results of the hard work and the reward of a welcome cuppa!”
How does it feel to be a Finalist for Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2015?
It's a brilliant feeling to be in the Final and completely unexpected, the thought of one of my images being on show in a London gallery is very exciting.
Image below: Michael receives his award from Jay Rayner and Andy Macdonald
How would you best describe food photography as a field of work?
I love working with food as today cooking has become an art form in many respects, so to use it as subject matter makes me push my boundaries.
Please tell us a little about where you live and how it influences your photography.
I live in a small village on the North Yorkshire Moors in the National Park. All around me are producers of some of the best raw ingredients in the UK from rare breed cattle to grouse from the moors. We have several Michelin Star restaurants, some of which I have done work for. To see all this 5 minutes' walk from my home, puts everything in perspective for me. It all starts from a great solid base.
How does travel & exploring a different culture influence your work?
I have recently spent several weeks working for a hotel group at a venue in the Arctic Circle in the very north of Sweden and have done a project for them about the Sami food culture from following the Reindeer in the tundra to the table in their exclusive restaurant and along the way travelled by Siberian Husky power !! I found the whole trip uplifting and have some great images from the experience and it can only make my work better..
Which photographers, if any, have most influenced your work?
Henri Cartier-Bresson “It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head.”
Can you tell us about what inspires you?
I am inspired by people who, against all the odds, still keep trying and going until they achieve their goal. I love the creation of an image from the idea in my head to the realisation in the camera and I am pushed on by thinking about others who need determination just to achieve normal daily tasks.
Michael’s latest news
Over the last few months I have spent a great deal of time in Swedish Lapland, within the Arctic Circle, working on a project with the Sami people who farm the Reindeer both in the mountains and forests. The project is designed to bring more travel business to the region and includes new hotel facilities, summer and winter activities with a new venture called Drivers Paradise. The highlights for me have been photographing the Northern Lights and spending a few days out in the Tundra with Mattie and 18 of his Huskies, photographing and filming dog sledding activities and experiencing the excitement of the dogs when you first fasten them to the sleds, they are so excited that the sleds have to be fastened to trees otherwise they will leave without you! I have also spent a great deal of time photographing the food both in the field and in the hotel restaurants so hopefully will be able to select an entry for this years competition and have included lots of images in my blog. http://www.mikenowillphotography.co.uk/blog/
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