I am a food portraitist. You may not realize it, but food and drink have rich histories: they are products of countless interactions between people in particular spaces and times. And these histories can be revealed. I use my camera like an archaeologist uses a trowel, as a tool to dig through layers of history and visualize what would otherwise have been forgotten. Each piece starts with an ingredient, a recipe, a cookbook or sometimes even a chef. I attempt to understand the subject, track down appropriate ingredients, and then use cooking techniques to represent it anew. Once woven together, these unseen threads illuminate a seemingly hidden story about a person, society, and culture at large. Food and drink, it becomes clear, are important social actors to whom we owe thanks for our own identities and practices.

Click on the photos below to explore two of my ongoing projects or use the pull-down menu above.

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The Columbian Exchange
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A Taste of History