Sometimes I get commissions which are highly concept driven. At times preconceived ideas come from the publication in which I have to execute. But more commonly I get an idea of the story and have to come up with the concept myself, or at least discuss a solution with the publication. Sometimes the magazine gets food stylists, set stylists, clothes stylists and groomer in and I only have to work as a photographer, but mostly I have to find a way to be all the above, (apart from groomer, as I am always a little low on face powder…) This shoot with Grace Dent was one of those where the concept was given to me from The Guardian Weekend Magazine and all the stylists and groomer was in place to let me focus on the photography only. What a treat!
Grace is fun to work with. I discovered this on my first shoot with her and on this shoot she was the same; Easy going, outspoken and just plain good company. I had the pleasure of reading her piece before the shoot, which was a brilliant view on food, class and times passed. Grace talked about how food habits have changed, from the processed beige dinners of the 80’s, with an unhealthy helping of sugar drinks and sweets with all the colouring additives from e1 to e90, to the health conscious middle class of today, who swear by linseed as a supplement to the uncooked vegetables for dinner, filtered water side dish and give kids kale smoothies as a treat for desert. It’s not only a look at diets but at class itself. Well worth a look on the Guardian’s website for anyone interested in food and class and who didn’t read the article first time around.
Shot for The Guardian Weekend Magazine