Claudia De Salvo – Cloudy with a chance of foodporn, 2015
This series explores our relationship with what we eat and the growing fixation with the aesthetics of food. The practice of standing on a chair to get the optimal shot of a meal has been subverted to create images that reflect the true enormity of issues surrounding food security, consumption and production.
Of Food and Architecture is an investigation of our current fixation on the aesthetics of food, pronounced through amateur food photography and sharing on social media. In these works, food photography intersects with images of amateur urban tourism; where instead of standing on a chair and looking down at a meal, one points the camera up. The blended images reflect the overlooked enormity of wider issues which result with our meal: questions of security, consumption and production.
The project is an investigation into the aesthetics of food, exacerbated through online narratives and the representation of self in amateur photography online. The enormity of these narratives are emphasised by the birds eye angles often used to create such images, with the camera perched high and facing straight down at the meal. For this series, the camera has been repositioned to create the blended images that reflect the overlooked enormity of the issues that result in our meal: questions of food security, consumption and production.
A small selection of images from this series were exhibited at The Laundry Art Space as part of The Laundrie National Emerging Art Prize.