I'm excited to announce that my wife, Donna, has put together a site
to display her work, ruhlmanphotography.com. Donna began her
professional life as a newspaper and magazine photographer who loved to
do fine art photography on the side. I've asked her to put both skill
sets—editorial and art—to work in the service of food and cooking.
Donna is neither cook (though she's able) nor foodie, but she's been successful, IMHO, in large part perhaps because she isn't a cook or
food obsessed. I'm sure there will always be room for food porn,
finished studio dishes that have been heavily worked over by chef and stylist to look glisteningly
just, so. But what she and I find most interesting is the way food
really looks when your cooking it at home, or ought to. This is the
kind of photography that I believe is most useful to people who
cook. Images that are both compelling to look at and that also convey
information. These shots of pate a choux
are a great example of both artfulness and utility. When these two
qualities combine they do the most important thing media can do in the
mind of those who want to cook: they inspire. Many people were
inspired to make popovers when they saw this post. It wasn't because of my uncommon eloquence with words (much as I wish it had been); it was because of the photograph.
Again, the best food photography inspires.
So many commenters here have been so generous in their praise of
Donna's work that she's decided to put up a blog of her own,
specifically to connect with readers interested in photography and to
comment on how particular images were done. She can't promise she'll always discuss
an image, but she'll do her best. Click on the "Photo Info" in the
banner menu above or go here.
About ruhlmanphotography.com: it's still not complete—Donna has
more images to upload and tag—but it's a good start. She's including
four different "galleries," but she would like people to know that
she's happy to give away medium resolution images (the quality used on these pages) for use on blogs or other internet sites for free (she'd love a
credit and link if possible), and she's happy to sell prints or high resolution files on a case by case basis (just hit the contact button on the site).
Welcome to the internet, Donna! And thank you!