Recently I was inspired to shoot some smoked meats that were so blackened they were almost solid black. Here are some behind the scenes.
This is a video of Sugi Ban is a charred burning technique to blacken wood.
Conceptualizing food is all about appeal, ultimately delving into a zone of passion. Food is about desire, its presentation teasing us until we can place that first bite in our mouths, experience its flavors and textures, feel our bodies respond to its delicious nutriment.
As an artist, a professional food photographer to be exact, I love working with food’s image, capturing its wonder in dynamic fashion. I also love to eat it, especially when it’s as tasty my images suggest.
Recently while at a high end grocery store, I discovered an array of smoked meats that sparked my artist eye. I knew I wanted to create a visual story with these meats. Now came the challenge as to how I would bring these smoked items to the camera. In doing some research here I discovered Sugi Ban, as Japanese technique of intentionally burning wood so as to preserve it.
The dots connected! I must shoot these smoked meats against burnt wood. Acquiring the wood was simple but the burnt surface was something else. A friend knew a blacksmith so we went to his shop where he used a large torch to seared the woods surface. (Watch the video on my blog.)
Although shooting dark objects is a technical challenge, and required assorted approaches, I believe my images capture the essence of SMOKED. Check it out, and oh by the way, hum!