I’m all about playing with your food, specifically when its for photographic purposes. Los Angeles-based food and lifestyle photographer Andrea Bricco has a family history steeped in food. And though her work is more serious (and seriously beautiful) in nature, her food styling projects are another story. With a client list that includes everyone from GQ and Los Angeles magazine to chef conglomerates like Wolfgang Puck, her unusual work stands out in the saturated field of lifestyle photography.
I first saw her work in the sushi issue of Los Angeles magazine and was struck by the starkness of the ingredients themselves. Yes, sushi often looks delicious, but I’m throwing credit Bricco’s way for her compositional contrasts of color, texture, and light. She has a way with capturing the essence of a dish through its singular components, making the composed plate look delectable on the page. Her food styling series that features food arranged in landscape tableaus are my favorite. A beach scene made of parsnip palms, beans for rocks, a lemon slice sun, and sea spray in the form of blue cheese is genius. Each plate is delicate yet precise, and the clever nod to the seasons is apparent through the ingredients chosen. Check out more of Bricco’s work here.