Still Life & Food Photography Masterclass

Still Life & Food Photography Masterclass

Day 1 - Ridley Road Market

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Sometimes it's good to step out of your comfort zone and try something new.

I really didn't know what to expect when I signed up to the Still Life & Food Photography Masterclass at The Photographer's Gallery.

Would everyone be experts in food photography already? Would I be way out of my depth?

I've dabbled with food photography - spent hours re-arranging macarons on a tray to make them look pretty - and loved every minute of it - but it's hard!

The Masterclass was led by photographer Jonathan Lovekin who creates the beautiful photos for Nigel Slater and Yotam Ottolenghi books. 

Over a glass of wine, Jonathan began by talking us through his work, his influences and a bit more about the food and still life photography genre. Frantically scribbling notes, I had a long list of painters and photographers to google further.

The next morning, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed (after a coffee) we hit Ridley Road Market, to photograph stalls, produce - whatever caught our eye - and to buy food to photograph the following day back in the studio.

Over a delicious Turkish lunch at Mangal in Dalston, the eight of us on the class got to know each other better. Some worked as photographers already, for others it was a hobby to explore further.

Being outside, in the fresh air, somewhere completely new just felt invigorating. I felt excited to sit down and look through my pictures back at the gallery later that day.

Exhausted but inspired, I couldn't wait for Day 2 in the studio.

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Still Life & Food Photography Masterclass - Day 2

Still Life & Food Photography Masterclass - Day 2

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