Potato Photographer of the Year 2020 has just announced its winner and runner-ups. Yes, you read that well, there is a competition for the best photo of potatoes. And yes, it’s as amusing as it sounds. Who would have thought a simple potato could bring out so much creativity in people?
Benjamin Von Wong is known for his adventurous photo shoots which have taken him all over the world. With the lockdown order in place, he couldn’t even go out much, let alone travel. But that doesn’t mean he didn’t create adventurous photo shoot, with his pregnant sister and her husband as models. With some fruit and veggies, help from his family, and lots of imagination, Ben created a series of photos that will definitely put a smile on your face and remind you that everything is possible with some imagination.
Before shooting this series, I saw a documentary about how different groceries are made. Big factories with endless assembly lines and hundreds of machines handling the products from start to end. It was quite interesting to watch how the products change their appearance completely from start to finish. An idea was born to create alternative ways of making these same groceries. And when you add just a drop of humanity to it, I think that’s a story.
Groceries are food (really??). They have no persona (you sure??). How do you create a story around them that creates a character to these lifeless pieces of healthy little things? These were thoughts in my head when I opened my refrigerator when brainstorming themes for my upcoming project… so I picked corns, cucumbers, tomatoes etc. and started sketching.
Today seems to be a day for portrait related posts. We’ve had the breakdown studio lights from Mark Wallace. And a complete start to finish location portrait process from Francisco Hernandez. Now, from Ed Verosky, we have another way to practice portrait lighting and experiment. Photographing vegetables.