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Other Peoples' Jobs

I went to a food photography photoshoot last night and it blew me away. As I was soaring on cloud 9 and feeling my brain fill to bursting with epiphanies, I did find it a bit odd that the course I attended in which would never personally use any of the technical instruction was the one that was putting all kinds of new, good wrinkles in my brain.

Part of it is that other people's jobs fascinate me.

That must be why field trips like the taxidermy studio and the cheese factory get me so jazzed. It's cool to me to hear about how other people's jobs function, from the technical aspects to the history of how they ended up there. The lecturer, Joe Glyda, gave us not only his history in the industry, but that of his food stylist, who was with him.

The other inspirational part is that creativity is creativity, period. Creatives from one discipline can always learn something from watching another discipline. In talking about how he tackled some problems that came out well, Joe got me to thinking about writing and publishing and looking at problems with fresh eyes.

Also fascinating was the fact that there are trends in food photography, which of course makes sense, but I've never given it any thought. In the 70's it was shooting things on black plexi. In the 8o's it was tile. Now it's a white plate (preferably square, preferably lipless) on a white background.

More to come when I get home and get theh photos off my camera!



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Sep. 3rd, 2010 09:14 am (UTC)
I am mightily curious about the photos! :)
Sep. 3rd, 2010 09:59 am (UTC)
Food photography and stylists are a very interesting genre. I know Food Network did a contest on that and getting the food just right, colors, etc. is not as easy as you'd think. Cook a plate of spagetti and take a picture. Umm. No. LOL I did see an ad shoot for an ice-cream sauce and the ice-cream was not ice-cream and they put tisse paper in the pattern they wanted the sauce to go so it would stick to the paper and look "perfect". Actually kind of disillusioning. Sigh. Cool, but as a consumer you realize it's all fake. :-)

Glad you are having fun and getting your brain stimulated. Have you played slots yet? You have to try at LEAST once just to say you did.
Sep. 3rd, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC)
I think it is the possibilities that stir the brain. Or maybe it's the 'change is good as a rest' theory. I know that going somewhere different, or doing something new helps wake up the 'what if' and 'how' questions in my head.
Sep. 3rd, 2010 10:29 pm (UTC)
Totally agree with you about creativity of any kind being inspiring!
Sep. 18th, 2010 08:42 pm (UTC)
Photo shoots for food and such are so interesting. I have a friend that does set design for photo shoots and the other day she had a huge cooler filled with octopi and various large fish. My other friend always gets the props if they haven't spoiled or been tampered with. I have to ask her which shoot she used my birch tree for.
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