If you’re a fan of photographing your food ahead of actually eating it then these specially designed ‘Foodography’ plates will suit your tastes perfectly.
I’m not afraid to admit that on more than one occasion I’ve photographed and shared the delicious plate of food placed in front of me to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook before I’ve even considered picking up the fork and digging in. It’s a sign of the times, a symptom of modern smartphone culture and now there’s a plate designed to help take your succulent snaps to the next level.
This creative crockery is actually just one element of a new course developed by Israel-based Carmel Winery and Tel Aviv restaurant, Catit. The course, named Foodography is by their own definition, ‘The art of perfect food image capture using a smartphone.’
Foodography aims to blend a five-dish tasting menu featuring everything from a sake brûlée to Persian lemon and black pepper dim sum with professional photography skills lead by expert food photographer, Dan Peretz.
Ceramic artist, Adi Nissani was brought in to design and create specialised crockery for the course, which feature wells, perfectly sized to accommodate your smartphone at the optimum position relative to these attractive eats.
Naturally, the big question is how much does a dedicated course in ‘foodography’ actually cost? For the five dishes of artisan food, the accompanying glasses of wine, the photography equipment (excluding your smartphone), the expertise and of course, the foodstagram-friendly plates, you’ll be expected to fork out a snip over £100 (₪599 – Israeli Shekels) per head, and of course you need to be able to travel to Catit in Tel Aviv.
Whilst we’re not quite rich enough to make the trip just to snap some posh chicken from an even posher plate, we wouldn’t be surprised if the Foodography course in Israel is the first stage in a greater trend of semi-professional food photographers who lead with their smartphones instead of their DSLRs, similarly to the professional voice coaches who train keen karaoke singers in Japan.
Would you try the Foodography course or buy these phone-friendly plates? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.