I find beauty in certain foods, and exceptional beauty in fresh, seasonal foods. I cook often and simple, with bright colors and flavors. I am lucky to have grown up in the thriving foodtown of Portland, OR, where the vibrant landscape and the gray skies provide a perfect setting for local food and drink.
I started taking pictures of food in high school, and developed a nagging interest in food magazines, food literature, cookbooks and (later) food blogs. I’ve always been an eater, but I quickly discovered an entirely different level of food that I had yet to sink my teeth into. I started exploring local food culture, and I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of butcher shops, fish markets, cheese shops, farmer’s markets and ethnic food stores that Portland and its suburbs had to offer.
Nowadays, everyone is a photographer, snapping images with their camera phones. On social media sites, I see photographs of food everyday. Brown, bland images of a Doritos Locos taco or boxed macaroni and cheese. These pictures have their place, and it’s not here.
I intend for depth of food to portray the photographic beauty of food. Lively colors, close detail and playful angles. A simple plate of food can hold so much depth—from farming and harvesting, to preparation and cooking, to plating, to tasting, to the evocation of memory.
Depth of food is a collection of still life photographs, meant to entice the appetite and (hopefully) ignite a lifelong passion for anything and everything pertaining to good food.