I found Penny de los Santos’ images of food very intriguing. My thoughts on the food project was to show food where food is from. I visited Stone Farms in Escondido. Stone Farms is owned by stone brewing as is the farm that supplies much of the produce for the Stone Company restaurants in San Diego. If you have not been there its a wonderfully peaceful place to go visit, and grab a pint.
I like the Above look that de los Santos did in her images, deep rich backgrounds and the saturated colors of the food. I did not want to use the set up she appears to do however, i wanted it to be organic (like the farm, itself.) I wanted to show the idea of where food comes from, not the prepared or refrigerated stuff we pick up at the market. I wanted dirt and the insects, the sun blanching. There is beauty in the imperfection in the produce. I feel i could have done more in the images, I really wish people had been working the day I was there, or the day prior when the farm workers were selling the organic pizzas made in the brick oven and from farm fresh produce.