I dug up an old hard drive from the vault and found some fun projects I did for a client many years ago. The challenge was to come up with some creative imagery to work into a food industry publication. Back then I wouldn’t tell anyone about my humble equipment and studio. I didn’t have a studio. I’d get by with a 3.1 megapixel point and shoot and a piece of poster board for a backdrop. Didn’t matter. The client was happy.

Having Fun With Food And Faces by Marc Mantha

Having Fun With Food And Faces by Marc Mantha

At the time, I’d go out to four or five grocery stores to get the best looking produce possible that I needed specific to the articles I had written or had been provided.  Now, I need faces and face parts. Where are the models? What to do? My face will do. Thank goodness this wasn’t a Victoria’s Secret print ad. Phew!

Let’s take for example the first pepper on the left. I had to consider the angle of the pepper and imagine when taking the photos, how my lips and those sunglasses will fit and match up. Next, meticulously cut them out digitally with PhotoShop, size, fit and blend them in. So goes the story for the next too.

Tools and props list for food with faces:

  • 3.1 megapixel Kodak point and shoot.
  • Kitchen counter with florescent under cabinet light.
  • Poster board back drop.
  • My face.
  • Local fruit and vegetables.
  • Digital editing.
  • A little Imagination.
  • A coffee buzz.

The Key: Skills and knowledge of PhotoShop.

Colored Pencils by Marc Mantha

This too was done on that same kitchen counter top with poster board back drop.

“Necessity is the mother of invention” ~ Plato

Little did I know, the humble tools I had back then would be one lesson after another in being resourceful and having fun. I’ve since kept building on those experiences. I think Plato must have been a fun guy.

Today we play with grown up toys and a real studio. However, I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.

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