Photographing an idea or concept is very different from photographing a person or a place. So when the Tastes Like Home assignment came across the wires, I don’t think any of us at Your Shot thought it would be easy. The very phrase “Tastes Like Home” blends the tangible with the intangible. This abstraction forces the photographer to take a less scripted approach to the project, as there can be more latitude in terms of what images “work” for the assignment. The word home invokes something deeply personal and I think many photographers —myself included—have a tendency to look beyond their everyday to subjects more interesting than their four walls. A challenge for sure.
Many of you zeroed in on what I felt was the essential element to this assignment: shooting the personal. You captured poignant moments of family, togetherness, humor and love in your shots. This assignment wasn’t necessarily about showing us something exotic, but rather, showing us the simple moments of living—and eating—together.
The anticipation of an exploding champagne cork, the tight shot of fingers delicately making dumplings and the disappointment of a child being presented with a dish that didn’t meet muster—these images couldn’t have been more different, but all spoke to the assignment.
It was obvious that many of your subjects were loved ones, photographed in your actual homes, which gave the images real depth. So kudos to all of you who were brave enough to bring your cameras into the kitchen and convince your family to let you step back from the action and show us a taste of home.