Foodscapes

Published Dec 11, 2013 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 14 Contributors

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    Penny De Los Santos
    Food & Travel Photographer
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    In this picture taken on Tuesday, March. 17, 2009, an Iranian villager woman carries the tray of ...

    #azerbaijan #yourplate #iranian #villager #feast #woman #wednesday

    I was truly moved by how the Your Shot Community responded to the Foodscapes assignment.

    Foodscapes is a term I use to describe the way we experience food from culture to culture. It's a compelling and evocative subject, one that all of us can relate to on one level or another, so it felt like a good jumping off point for a monthlong Your Shot assignment.

    As you can see from this collection of images, the response was powerful and inspiring. I was especially moved by how the photographers really engaged with the assignment and pushed themselves to see beyond just a pretty plate of food. They followed the steam and went into the bustling kitchens of the globe to discover food culture. They went beyond the obvious and cliché and searched for moments and stories within their own worlds, wherever food and culture collided.

    These are two sea gypsies that are cooking the catch of the day.

    Editor's Note

    What I love about this image is its sense of place and how it puts me right where the action is. ... More

    Penny De Los Santos
    Food & Travel Photographer

    It was taken in a small village in southeast of china called Lishui.People are busy gathering an...

    #chinese #food #pumpkin

    This image of villagers in China harvesting pumpkins immediately caught my eye. The composition, how the eye is led to travel through the frame, the decisive moment that gives way to telling a story. It's a beautiful image with thoughtful composition. By far one of my favorite images from the project!

    Among the shouting fish and vegetable sellers, in this chaotic riverside market, I found solitude...

    #nga #market #yourplate #fish #rangoon #myanmar #yangon #burma #travel

    Editor's Note

    The mood in this image is set entirely by the tones and the composition. A detail shot is a key e... More

    Penny De Los Santos
    Food & Travel Photographer

    KOLKATA INDIA

    #lake #people #kolkata

    Editor's Note

    What I love most about this image is the moment and how symbolic and culturally rich it is. It te... More

    Penny De Los Santos
    Food & Travel Photographer

    Night time photography is always a challenge because of the lighting. One night I saw this scene ...

    #winter #ask_a_local_assignment #night #vendor #wesleythomaswong #food #china

    Editor's Note

    The power of this image to transport you to a place and a feeling is instant. I was immediately stopped by the image when I saw it, first by curiosity then by its details and story.

    Penny De Los Santos
    Food & Travel Photographer

    Vendors grilling meat at the 20 de Noviembre Market in Oaxaca, Mexico.

    #mexico #meat #market #oaxaca

    Editor's Note

    I’ve been to this famous meat market in Oaxaca. It’s an incredible place. I love this image becau... More

    Penny De Los Santos
    Food & Travel Photographer

    Food vendors begin their days pretty early in Harbin as well as everywhere else in China. This is...

    #winter #breakfast #yourplate #harbin #wesleythomaswong #documentary #china #mantou #bread

    on the way home, these ladies factory workers buy fruits on fiesta day, i was right beside the ve...

    #philippines #fruits #nightshot #danao #people #culture #fiesta

    Blowing with a piece of cloth to separate paddy and straw, a traditional method poor farmer famil...

    #paddy #harvest #filmphotography #foodscape #food #culture

    The Tradition: I have captured this picture near Kailashahar, Tripura, India. This lady was clean...

    #yourplate #black_and_white #coolit #portraitsofstrength #food #people #culture #india #gender

    The best start to the day!

    #tea #chai #streetfood #ahmedabad #portrait #beverage #indianpeople #india #streetvendor

    Editor's Note

    love this!

    Penny De Los Santos
    Food & Travel Photographer

    My mother,holding a small basket of just picked Hyacinth beans.......

    #yourplate #westbengal #food #vegetables #india

    Quaintly preserved, the ancient town of Hoi An, bursts with life and colour at the early morning ...

    #hoian #yourplate #vietnam #markets #food #dailylife #people #travel #culture #yourshotbook

    Hungry silhouettes are waiting their turn around the street seller...

    #yourplate #fastfood #istanbul #food #people #foodculture #meatball #turkey

    Editor's Note

    I love this image because of its mystery and mood. The smoke, details, and lighting all help make this image evocative.

    Penny De Los Santos
    Food & Travel Photographer

    What I love most about photographing food culture is its powerful storytelling ability. Food can be so revealing in the way it tells us about history, culture, and ourselves. From culture to culture and country to country, each and every one of us engages with this idea in a different way, and that is what makes it so profound. I hope the next time you sit at a table in another culture or community you stop for a second and think about the story behind what is on your plate: who made it, who grew it, why it matters. Think about those moments around that scene, grab your camera, and go …

    About the Editor
    Penny De Los Santos
    Food & Travel Photographer
    Penny De Los Santos, an American born in Europe with a family history tied to the Texas-Mexico border, began photographing as a way to explore her diverse cultural background and identity. At the heart of her work is the culture surrounding food, from the all-male dining clubs of the Basque ...

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