Hello, Namaste! I am Gayatri Vinod, based out of India. I am a self taught food photographer, who is now sharpening her skills by learning from experienced food photographers, one of them is Lucia Marecak. My passion is all about knowing and learning about Indian Food and its rich culture. I love to cook, experiment with a variety of dishes that belong to different states of India. That gave birth to my Instagram page in the year 2019. Many suggested I should do blogging, write recipes and curate it at one place. So, with that focus in my mind, I started cooking, plating dishes and clicking my dishes through my only mobile. Gained interest in how beautiful the cooked food is seen through the lens. I wanted to know more, learn more and implement. Slowly, I started reading about the basics of photography, editing, and different software. And then there was no looking back. I wanted to click every bit of the ingredients that completed the very dish.
My primary focus is on our day to day dishes, Indian Street food, ‘Spices’ that go in these dishes, age old traditional dishes. These clicks are of Indian Spices or “masalas” as we call them, that are majorly used in Indian Kitchen. The unique texture, aroma of each one of these spices, the combination in which it is used is the highlight for making any Indian dish : “how it looks and how it tastes”. They say “if you want to know the taste preference of an Indian Family, just see their Spice box(Masala Dabba) kept in the kitchen.” I was intrigued by the very thought. The beauty of these spices merely cannot be enjoyed by the human eye. That’s when the thought of photographing these spices crossed my mind.
I like to photograph any dish/ingredient as authentic as possible. I believe in a simple set up, where the main focus is on the color, texture, shape ,size. I never go by any rule book, what is pleasing to my eyes, click. Having said that, sometimes I do follow some basic rules of composition as well in a few situations. But 90% of my work is always done with what connects to me and pleases my eyes given what ingredient is present at that point of time and the mood I would like to capture, with the natural light set up.
I aspire to bring out the beauty of Indian Food and its culture, globally through my photography. I know for sure this journey of photography is going to open up many pathways for exploration. One such thing is to be part of NEOQUE magazine. I would like to Thank NEOQUE for providing me with this platform to share my journey with others. Your thought of bringing all like minded passionate women under one forum is truly commendable. Kudos for that !
Photographer: Gayatri Vinod @gayatri.srinivasan18 (Simple delights)