Part 1: Indonesia – Conceptual World Food Project

Conceptual Food Photography

Part 1: Indonesia \r\n

Part 1: Indonesia – Conceptual World Food Project

Conceptual World Food Project – Part 1: Indonesia\r\n\r\nI have been wanting to start a personal project in the studio that involves my passions alongside photography. So i thought about my love for food and also for travelling the world and embracing new cultures.\r\n\r\nI was looking through some old pictures from my trips to Asia in the past before i was a photographer, and stumbled upon some pictures from my travels through Indonesia, particularly of interest to me was the vast amount of volcanoes. Java is almost entirely of volcanic origin, and contains numerous volcanoes, 45 of which are considered active volcanoes. As is the case for many other Indonesian islands, volcanoes have played a vital role in the geological and human history of Java.\r\n\r\nDuring my travels through Java, Sumatra, Bali, Lombock, Sumbawa, and Komodo & Rinca, i was lucky enough to sample a vast array of Indonesian food rich with spices. From my favourite dish (Beef Rendang) to Nasi Goreng (fried rice), and street food ranging from BBQ’d snake and buffalo to crickets and scorpion, the spices used in Indonesia like in most of South East Asia are present in every dish throughout the land.\r\n\r\nMy concept for this project is to create an image for each country i have visited by creating mini landscapes that are recognisable to that country,  and by using some of the staple ingredients that are synonymous to cookery in each region i will construct a series of conceptual photographs that celebrate each individual country, their foods and their landscapes.\r\n\r\nMy first example are my spice volcanos representing Indonesia.\r\n\r\nStudio Set-up\r\n\r\nI started constructing this image by placing a large sheet of black glossy perspex onto a table. I then set up my background support system and hung some black cloth about two metres behind the table. My key light is a bowen’s head with standard 7 inch reflector with grid attached to camera right and about a foot above the table, the second light is a rim light to the left and behind the table with a snoot attached, this light was to add definition to my spice volcanos.\r\n\r\nConstructing my spice volcanos took some time as they kept caving in when i tried to shape craters in the summits, but i got there in the end.\r\n\r\nAs there are many active volcanos in Indonesia i used 4 small cone shaped joss sticks behind each spice mountain to create the idea of smouldering active volcanos. I took a number of shots until i was happy with the shapes created by the smoke. I used Turmeric, ginger, chilli and coconut for my ingredients.\r\n\r\nI have a few ideas for other countries but i will keep them to my self for now. Keep your eyes peeled for Part Two coming soon.

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