Imaginative and creative, Silvia Badalotti is a photographer whose success comes from her unpredictable style. Her shots all come after an intense and personal, cultural and artistic research, that puts emphasis on food. Here are few exclusive images from her project, Black Book Food, where the series comes from the need to experiment with shapes and colors, to transform dishes into a piece of design.
Badalotti’s shots intentionally turn the standard canons of classic food photography upside down: she shuns light backgrounds and blurry effects and favours instead a darker, sometimes crude atmosphere that reflects and questions her subjects, moving the focus on how they blend in with its surroundings. «The starting point isn’t food,» explains Badalotti, «but what surrounds it. In London, I chose the props – plates, fabrics, and every other object that appears in the photographs – and only added, at the very last moment, a piece of meat, a fish, or the perfect vegetable that was suited to that particular environment.