The Daily Feed: Grab Your Market Bag, and Your Camera

It’s one thing to marvel at purple eggplants and jade asparagus with the naked eye; it’s quite another to see them through a camera lens. The next time you head to the market or your favorite café-lined street, bring along your camera. Being mindful of the textures, colors, shapes, and patterns in everyday foods and market displays can really inspire you to look differently at what you eat everyday.

I had the pleasure of taking an all day food photography workshop last weekend with Penny De Los Santos, a senior contributing photographer at Saveur magazine. With her able guidance, writers, bloggers, and recreational food photographers spread out across San Francisco’s Mission District in search of food-inspired photographic magic. Vendors selling ice cream; a young man hawking avocados; a guy perched in a shaded doorway, halving limes for his salsa. These are food scenes you may not notice unless you look for them.  Your own neighborhood is surely different, but no less rich in food-themed inspiration.

So go ahead: grab your camera, and open your eyes. There’s beauty in an onion, a child eating an apple, a half-empty coffee cup. Look at the everyday food world through your lens. I promise you’ll find inspiration.

(Want more?  View my images from San Francisco here.)


Cheryl Sternman Rule is a widely-published food writer and the voice behind the blog 5 Second Rule.

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