CONNEMARA, IRELAND      NOV. 4-7, 2015

 

During an intensive master class in visual storytelling through photography and styling, participants will take their tuition at the Ballynahinch estate in County Galway where Andrea, Martin, and food stylist Susan Spungen will make use of indigenous ingredients, historically lush interiors, the flora and fauna at the foot of rugged wilderness, and the treasured talents of local artisans to guide each student in the making of their own distinctive visual food and lifestyle story.

This workshop, hosted by Lens & Larder, will be designed to focus on two areas: food still life & styling and visual storytelling. The

 art of food photography and styling is much more compelling when it involves telling a story that makes use of the cinema of the local environment and the vibrant personalities of its makers. 

For the still life food and styling portion, the craft of food preparation and styling, scene composition, natural lighting, and simple editing tools will be discussed and demonstrated. Andrea and Martin will be shooting tethered to a laptop computer so that changes in photography and styling will be easy for students to view in real time. Susan will demonstrate the preparation and styling of both ingredients and finished plates for photography; making use of the Ballynahinch kitchen, larder, and dining rooms. Each student will get the chance to practice the techniques learned using simple tools that every photographer and stylist should have in their kit. A discussion of story telling, styling and editing will be present throughout the workshop.

For the storytelling segment, we will meet colourful locals who will share their unique Irish stories and perhaps even a bit of Connemara folklore. We will also be working with talented crafts people from the community who will provide an array of indigenous props and tasty elixirs for our workshop.

Below is a gallery of selected images from our workshop. For a full recap of visuals, visit Hungry Ghost Food and Travel.