Posts Tagged ‘Bangers in Gravy’

The dishes that don’t cut the mustard……

Taking photographs of food is a funny thing, I always try to get my photos so that they look like the food that we have enjoyed as a family, so that it helps to inspire others to give the recipe a go themselves. Some of teh subjects are easier to photograph than others, and there’s so much to think of, is the light good enough, is the composition good enough, and most importantly is the food good enough.

Well I usually get the food right, I have the occasional disaster, but luckily these are few, and usually to do with baking cakes with a hangover. So just need to ensure the light is right, not always the easiest with a hungry young family who’s needs do not often coincide with the timings for the “golden hours” of early and evening light. As far as composition and dressing the image, I like to keep things simple and rustic, and as we’ve eaten them. Ok, ok so sometimes there is a rogue tea towel or a strategically placed beverage, but I believe that the best pictures tell a story about the food.

But sometimes it’s nigh on impossible to get the food looking right, and the hardest things to take a good photo of are the “brown foods” which can often taste out of this world, as the two examples I’ve included here, a Cauliflower Cheese with roasties and Bangers in Gravy which were served on piles of fluffy mash. Although warming and comforting meals that were enjoyed by my family, the photos just didn’t cut the mustard (pun intended as both dishes contain mustard) as they don’t jump out of the page.

It does make you wonder as you browse through all the lovely images on the plethora of food blogs and in food magazines, are they biased towards the photogenic dishes, the deconstructed foams and spheres of pea puree?

What do you think?   

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