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2014 Blog Project: Week 6

February 19, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Blog Project Week 6: Spaghetti

Back when I was preparing my topics for the 2014 blog project I realized that even with the help of all my wonderful friends/clients I was still short 4 topics to give me a full 52 weeks. So I reached out to my friend Sarah for some ideas (the same Sarah as week 5), who replied "spaghetti". Yeah. Thanks for that Sarah.

So to represent the general idea of spaghetti, I took a picture of some plain old spaghetti with no sauce of anything on it -- primarily because my stomach was still adjusting to getting over the flu and I was sticking to boring simple foods until it straightened itself out.

However, I decided I liked the idea of plain simple pasta. It creates focus on the actual noodles themselves instead of being distracted by the color or texture of the sauce or cheese on it.

It also meant I could be a rebel! Among many of the tricks that food photographers use in photographing food for advertising, is tucking the ends of pasta in so they can't be seen. They will spend as much time as they need with tweezers and actually tuck and loop and fold and twist all those little ends in so that the bowl or plate of spaghetti looks like one giant swirl of neatness. Don't believe me? Pay close attention the next time you're at the supermarket or looking through a magazine. IF you see any ends, they'll most likely be on the end of a fork in the air, or at the edge of the plate. So I decided to be a rebel and photograph my spaghetti with the ends wherever they were in all their glory!

It always seemed crazy to me to spend all that time tucking the ends in. Spaghetti has ends, we all know this it's not a secret! Let the spaghetti be what it is!

But now that I see it...it bothers me too now.

Lesson learned: food photographer's know what they're doing and work their magic for a reason.


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