Like countless other photographers, I just adore black and white photography. This simple medium has such powerful story telling and really allows you to focus on the emotion of the overall image.
As food photography is all about storytelling and the emotional connection we have with food, it’s incredibly strange that black and white food photography just looks so wrong.
A few years ago, I set out on a journey to challenge the fact that black and white food photography couldn’t look appetising. To do this, I focused on real food that didn’t have any colour other than blacks, whites, browns or pale yellows. I didn’t convert the shots to black and white but instead tried to focus on texture in void of interest from colour.
To keep up to date with this photo series, you can check out my portfolio of black and white images.
Black and White Food Photography
Black and white are two words that don’t seemingly go together in food photography.
It’s most likely because food is part of what keeps us alive and our brains are so hardwired when it comes to how food should look, feel and taste that colour and texture plays such an important role.
I’m sure we’ve all experienced just how ‘wrong’ images of food can look in a black and white medium. If you’ve ever accidentally applied a black and white filter whilst editing, you’ll know what I mean. You can’t press the undo button fast enough.
Yet despite that, I am still so fascinated by the idea of Black and White food photos. I wanted to take the concept and shoot something beautiful, something that didn’t instantly repulse the brain.
So I decided to flip the term to create Photography of Black and White Food.
Same same but different. Actually beautiful. Now I will be the first to admit that this idea isn’t unique to me, as Elizabeth Gilbert would say this idea has visited other food photographers on its journey to realisation, this is my take on it.
Here are some of these shots and I hope they inspire you!
I even entered one of these shots into the Pink Lady Food Photography competition and it was shortlisted! That just goes to show that black and white photos of real food can be beautiful!
For more black and white food photos inspiration, you can check out my portfolio of black and white images.
Have you tried to take any black and white photos of food? Let me in know in the comments below!