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Tastes Like Home

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Published Jan 10, 2017 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 12 Contributors

    12 photos selected by

    Becky Hale
    National Geographic Staff Photographer
    April Fulton
    Senior Blogger, The Plate

    The blue eggs taste the best.

    #coloring #dye #kids #dog #easter #eggs #holiday #caninecompanion

    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. 

    My sister receives the ultimate Christmas gift of beloved recipes from the past: Even the box sme...

    #hands #recipes #timecapsule #cook #handwritten #oldrecipes #oldbox

    Editor's Note

    This simple shot tells us so much about your family food tradition. What a treasure.

    Becky Hale
    National Geographic Staff Photographer

    During a birthday party I took many pictures. In this photo opening a bottle of sparkling wine of...

    #party #parents #birthday #black__and_white #spumante

    Editor's Note

    What a great moment of anticipation. I love that you shot thru this situation until something was happening on the face of each person in the frame.

    Becky Hale
    National Geographic Staff Photographer

    It was some morning in the Russian village. Little boy try to taste a fresh cream from machine wh...

    #sun #village #country #cream #taste #alicja_yusupova #morning #raise_the_sun #milk #yusupovapro #boy

    Editor's Note

    This almost feels like a dream. I love the boy's hand - poised just above the pan - his face lit so beautifully by the natural light. You used the bright sun coming thru the window to your advantag... More

    Becky Hale
    National Geographic Staff Photographer

    On Christmas Eve (6th January) people in Macedonia look forward to the special Christmas meal tha...

    #winter #fruits #candy #vukelic #christmas #xmas #nuts #food #ivovuk

    Editor's Note

    This shot has such colorful electricity and is beautifully arranged. Sometimes a shot with so many elements can get distractingly busy, but you manage to keep it clean and vibrant.

    Becky Hale
    National Geographic Staff Photographer

    Happiness to be in save. Eritrean refugees arriving in Reggio Calabria, Italy

    #ngmadventure #emigration #tasteslikehome #migrants #food #refugees #ngmadvances #friends

    Editor's Note

    This image is such a literal take on the "Tastes Like Home" prompt . I love this moment where food, culture and togetherness all intersect.

    Becky Hale
    National Geographic Staff Photographer

    Kazakh woman making "manti" (dumpling). Fill with lamb or beef wrapped in homemade dough and cook...

    #tradition #cook #painting #portrait #kitchen #people #tastes_like_home #culture #girl

    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.

    I decided to make gingerbread cookies for Christmas for the first time. This was never a traditio...

    #gingerbread #christmas #home #family #food #tastes_like_home

    Editor's Note

    There are so many elements that make this frame great. Your bird's-eye-view, angled table and blend of shapes give the viewer so many elements to consider, while still maintaining a clean image. Lo... More

    Becky Hale
    National Geographic Staff Photographer

    Usually we dont drink wine on our daily meals at home, but everytime we invite friends or family ...

    #holidays #tasteslikehome #ngmhealth #home #family #food #kitchen #people #celebration #wine

    Editor's Note

    I love how you're playing with perspective here - really makes the image so much stronger.

    Becky Hale
    National Geographic Staff Photographer

    My father and grandfather were cooking together for Christmas last year at my grandparents place....

    #cooking #son #tradition #father #france #portraits #home #family #people

    Editor's Note

    Your choice to include the red curtains in this shot make me feel as if I'm really peering into this intimate moment being shared by your father and grandfather. It's poignant and personal.

    Becky Hale
    National Geographic Staff Photographer

    It's not some special, big events, but these small everyday situations I love to capture most in ...

    #eating #child #blackandwhite #kids #food

    Editor's Note

    I love this authentic moment. There are many people with whom this will really resonate, and I love that you were willing to go after the moment vs something perfect. Your choice to use shallow dep... More

    Becky Hale
    National Geographic Staff Photographer

    I love tea and biscuits.

    #ngmadventure #reflection #ngmhealth #street #low_light #food

    Editor's Note

    The steam and all the glass reflections work here, because sometimes "tastes like home" is when you are home alone and can prepare your tea just how you like it.

    April Fulton
    Senior Blogger, The Plate

    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.

    About the Editors
    Becky Hale
    Becky Hale
    National Geographic Staff Photographer
    Becky Hale is a studio photographer on staff with National Geographic magazine, working primarily out of the photo studio at Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. A frequent contributor to the Magazine, her work is wide ranging and includes portraiture and still photography illustrating complex scientific and cultural stories. Despite spending ...
    April Fulton
    April Fulton
    Senior Blogger, The Plate
    I write for and edit The Plate, National Geographic’s food blog, where we use food as a lens tell stories about our environment, our health, and our culture. When I’m not writing or photographing food, I’m probably cooking or eating something delicious.

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