Taking the Masters at the University of Gastronomic Sciences means joining a diverse range of students in each major. In my class of 18, we had a former beekeeper, two journalists, two chefs, a children’s cooking educator, an architect, a nuclear energy engineer and plenty more professions spanning six nationalities and an age range of more than 30 years. This can make it a bit tough when it comes to running classes and taking exams, as we all have such varied knowledge and experience.
I had wondered how this was going to turn out for our food photography exam with photographer Alberto Cocchi (here’s a little bit of background on what we studied for the course). Instead of taking our own photos to a brief, we acted as creative directors – telling him how we wanted a single or a few images to look based on a specific message we wanted to convey about food. It was more about communicating an idea using visuals and the ability to pinpoint the distinct photographic style needed than the technicalities of using a camera.
These classmates made an artistic rendition of the beloved saying, “you are what you eat”:
These guys made a dramatic portrayal of the influence of massive food companies over what we eat:
And finally, a minimalistic photo essay on the versatility of the humble egg: