I have always loved the art of food photography. So many inspirations all around me help shape my own style. Like many of you, I have looked at many artworks, many food magazines, many paintings etc. for inspiration. Like many of you, I have absorbed & mixed those styles in order to evolve into my own. Like many artists before us, they learned from the masters, then imitated, and finally transformed. This process has been repeated for centuries; why would ours be any different?
In retrospect, I notice that I have indeed learned from the best and projected through my works. Of course, when I created it, I did not deliberately try to imitate anyone; nevertheless, these photos turned out to have the obvious influence from my admired artists. And I thought it might be fun to collect them in one post.
I have provided you the links for each comparison; the masterpieces that I am just so happy to be influenced by. Out of respect, I decided not to put their works next to mine on the post, but the links instead. I’m quite certain you’d like to explore more of each artist from the links.
Let’s start with Mr. Jackson Pollock, shall we? His painting style has me at the first drip. Though I am not a big fan of the abstract expressionist movement, but when each drop is so dazzling, just as ‘Autumn Rhythm (Number 30), 1950,’ how can I resist?
This photo caught me by surprise. When I took this photo, something told me that it felt right. I liked the angle, I liked the lighting, and I liked the movement of this photo. While Edward Hopper ‘reflects his personal vision of modern American life’ through his ‘Nighthawks,’ I, in turn, unintentionally reflects my vision of modern San Francisco life, I hope.
Although I didn’t ‘use’ primary colors, clean lines with a touch of cubism in this photo reminded me of Piet Mondrian’s works.
I believe we all know Brittany Wright— the queen of color wheel object art. Her ‘citrus gradients’ photo had me puckered up all the way from SF to her studio. I didn’t realise I loved her works so much until I finished taking this photo. I swear I didn’t think of hers while working, but I am quite happy her influence seeps into my subconsciousness.
And of course, I couldn’t possibly wrap up this post without mentioning one of my idols, Audrey Hepburn. Her black&white classy image popped into my head when I was trying to create this photo. She is also my answer to the question, “If you could have dinner with anyone in the world — living or dead — who would it be?”
Just so you know, most of these comparisons are identified by the painter turned mathematician, aka. my wonderful husband. Without his brilliant mind, this fun post would not have happened otherwise.
And yes, I realize I don’t have any new recipe for you, AGAIN. Perhaps, I have gone rogue with this blog or perhaps not. Stay tuned for my next post. 🙂
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