Oliver’s Trip to Arles!
In 2018 Oliver Hauser of Hamburg, Germany took home the trophy for the Production Paradise Food off the Press category * for his image ‘Schnitzelberg’ shot for BEEF! Magazine Issue 04/2016
*Now titled Production Paradise Previously Published for 2019
Image Description: Out of the series 'Adam's cooking for Eve'. Basic Recipes, lesson one, 'Wiener Schnitzel'.
Food Stylist: Adam Koor
Oliver’s image was selected to be part of an exhibition of Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2018 images at Rencontres d’Arles and he recently visited the exhibition to see his image displayed at the world-famous event.
Welcome to the blog, Oliver, we’d love to hear about your trip to Arles and how it felt to see your image displayed there?
Hi and thanks for having me.
Well, it was so cool to hear that you are going to show a selection of images, including mine, in Arles when I had already planned to visit the Rencontres d’Arles this year.
I have a strong relation to France and I often spend some weeks during summer in the southern part like the Provence or the Larzac Region to get inspired and relax. I especially love the food, the sun and the smell of the Garrigue.
Seeing my picture in the middle of this pulsating city, that breathes photography for 14 days, was great.
What inspired you to first submit your image into Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year?
As a food photographer you will have heard of Pink Lady® Food Photography of the Year. It’s the biggest and most renowned contest for food photography.
In my opinion, a photographer should let others see his work, get judged and get creative feedback.
So, of course, I’m in.
How did it feel to become category winner of Production Paradise Food off the Press in 2018?
After I learned that over 40,000 entries have been seen by the jury to date I was flattered to hear my name for the 1st prize in the Production Paradise Food off the Press category.
It’s worth a lot for a professional photographer to have been honoured in this category.
Please tell us a little more about yourself and your background in photography
I’m a food and still-life photographer living in Hamburg, Germany. My passion is food. The preparation, the pleasure and all the wonderful things associated with it. After a classical training as a commercial photographer, I went through some interesting jobs and places to finally dive into photography. Specialized for several years in the watch and jewellery photography, I followed my passion for food photography. Since then I’m working for well-known agencies and brands, as well as for food blogs and publishers.
Please tell us more about capturing your Finalist image. For example; what was happening around you, what inspired the shot, what time of day, challenges you had in capturing it.
BEEF! Magazine stands for Meat. Lots of it. So the challenge was to show as much as possible of it in one image, and also a way to show the final product after cooking. It should look "as tasty as it can get" and we pictured that with the lemon being squeezed over it.
Which photographers, if any, have most influenced your work?
A lot. But not just photographers. I collect my creativity from trips to foreign countries and cities, theatre plays or just walk the streets of my hometown..
What new projects are you currently working on or what news have you that you’d like to share?
I am currently working on a cookbook with a friend of mine.
It highlights food-intolerances with awareness of specific ingredients and focuses on a modular approach to the dishes.
I am fascinated by the amount of creativity she puts into these recipes and how incredibly diverse and easy one can change and enjoy simple dishes.
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