My Hockney Highlights by Alice Straker

When I think of David Hockney, vivid colours and vast rolling landscapes come to mind. His recent retrospective at the Tate Britain showed that and infinitely more. The Tate filled 12 rooms with work that spanned 60 years from his student days, through to the early LA depictions, Yorkshire landscapes and recent Californian series. The Tate stated that ‘his principal obsession was the challenge of representation: how do we see the world, and how can that world of time and space be captured in two dimensions?’. This obsession was certainly evident through his exploration of perspective and use of different …

Tracy Emin talk at the Hay Festival by Alice Straker

Tracy Emin is known for creating ‘confessional art’ about her personal life, whereby she is very much at the core of her message. She said that 30 years ago this approach was very novel, but in today’s society self obsession and narcissism is everywhere and all consuming, in a rather concerning way. You only have to look at the number of selfies in your Instagram and Facebook feeds to get an idea of this obsession. She said that the only selfies she ever took were so that she could look back and see how she was thinking from a psychological …

For the Love of Fruit and Veg – Alice Straker

In my latest series, I wanted to explore fruit and vegetables in a graphic and original way. As subjects they offer a vibrant palette and beautiful shapes and textures which I could see working well on colourful backgrounds. For inspiration, I needed to look no further than my Mum’s kitchen garden, which is located below my studio and is brimming with seasonal goodies. Last year I started a series of vegetables using watercolours, which as a medium worked well for capturing fine details. With this new series I wanted to use acrylic paint, to help convey a sense of realness …

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  Éclair and Pavlova shortlisted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017  I am so thrilled that Éclair and Pavlova have been shortlisted for the RA Summer Exhibition 2017. I wont find out until May if they have made it through to the exhibition, so fingers crossed! I wanted to create and submit two paintings that looked so real that they could be eaten from the canvas! Éclairs are nostalgic for me too and I wanted to pour an emotional dimension into this picture and convey the beauty of something I fondly remember having as a child. I have achieved …

Photo Story – Stephan Terry – The Hardwick

This is an extract from Hereford Independant Food Festival Magazine, which I was heavily involved with from shooting most of the images for the edition and also input on the editorial side of things. So please enjoy this little article on top chef Stephen Terry and his stories of working in the industry, along with some images of the what he produces at his establishment. We met Stephen at his restaurant, The Hardwick, just outside Abergavenny, between a busy breakfast and lunch. He invited us back in to the kitchen and spoke over how his experiences have shaped his approach …

Jamie Orlando Smith Taste of Work in 2016 so far…

Here at Piccallo we wanted to show you some of the wonderful work that our Photographer Jamie Orlando Smith has produced so far this year. We look forward to showing you more very soon. Enjoy and we hope that it doesn’t make you too hungry For any further info and questions please don’t hesitate to contact Sharon Grossman on +44 (0) 7973 305575 www.piccallo.com

Behind the scenes with Jamie Orlando Smith

Here we have a behind the scenes look at a recent campaign that our Photographer Jamie Orlando Smith created for Weetabix with Havas Media. You may have seen the Weetabix #Neverendingtable campaign on Intagram, if not do check it out here or see the last image in the series below to see what has been released so far. We thought you would be interested to see some behind the scenes images of what happened on set, giving you an idea of how a social media marketing campaign idea is made a reality. Enjoy! All images behind the scenes courtesy of Henry Hewitt, Final food shot …

Ryan Bartley talks about his career as a food stylist

Having worked within the food industry most of my life, food styling never really seemed like a viable career route, but since the first shoot I knew it was for me! I was continuing my marketing career at a boutique food service supplier in London and within a few months I got involved in creating food packaging for the high street. Obviously a huge amount of money goes into all aspects of the process, from recipe development, ingredient sourcing, product testing, copy writing etc. When it came to the food styling for packaging, we had a very well respected stylist …

What Makes The Perfect Food Photograph

I believe, no matter how good your kit or how ideal the location and surroundings, the thing that makes that perfect food photograph – where the food sings to you – is an understanding of and respect for the food. If you respect the food and its production, no matter who your audience is, they will (hopefully) appreciate the fact of making something look the best, and most appetising, it can. You’ll never capture a whole audience; vegans don’t want to look at a picture of a steak no matter how pink and juicy. But you can make most people …

Bio : Moe Kafer : I have always lived by the words of Goethe, “Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.”

Which is why when I was 29 I sold all my worldly belongings and gave up my job as a newspaper reporter in a ski resort in Fernie, British Columbia to pursue bigger things. I only knew a couple of people in London but figured I would find my way to the dailies or a magazine in a big international city. Quickly fate took me down a side street and I was offered a position as photographic manager in a marketing agency. Instead of writing features I was managing photographers. Photography had been my other passion from youth but a …