Freelance Photographer Cambridge - Blog | 04 - Cinderella Ingredients

December 31, 2016
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Cinderella Ingredients

Terminology is ubiquitous in photography. Much terminology is spurious and also tends to be overly-complicated although some photographic terminology is undoubtedly useful. Food & Drink Photography has its own terminology. A ‘Hero Ingredient’ is one example frequently used by food stylists in addition to many food photographers although somewhat curiously, it is less often used by actual chefs. A Hero Ingredient is not just the main ingredient in a dish (in terms of composition of a dish as well as the showcase constituent to be featured in any photograph of that dish), it is also taken to mean the very best of that ingredient; think only the freshest, plumpest, juiciest and completely blemish-free strawberries in a strawberry pavlova. A Hero Ingredient can be contrasted to a ‘Sub Ingredient’ (aka ‘Stand-In’) which can be either: i) a less perfect form of the Hero Ingredient (such as strawberries that are blemished); ii) an edible alternative which has a similar composition to the Hero Ingredient (the most well known being substituting mashed potato for ice cream); or iii) an inedible alternative which has a similar composition to the Hero Ingredient. The general idea of a Sub Ingredient is that it allows the chef, stylist, photographer etc. to collectively work out the most pleasing composition, supporting props and necessary lighting in advance so that the Hero Ingredient can then be photographed as fresh as possible.

I think there’s another hugely important type of ingredient in Food & Drink Photography that bizarrely doesn’t yet have any terminology assigned. I am referring to the type of ingredients that appear in a surprisingly large number of dishes without ever being the Hero Ingredient. In my book these are ‘Cinderella Ingredients’. Although Cinderella Ingredients are relatively obscure in terms of prominence in the final dish their virtue is an all-pervading presence in all forms of baking and cooking. They are a staple ingredient without the familiarity of perhaps better known ‘kitchen cupboard essentials’ such as rice, pasta, flour, tinned tomatoes etc.

As a Food Photographer who has shot a wide variety of food & drink assignments over the years a clear contender has arisen to be crowned Queen Cinderella Ingredient. It is Lyle’s Golden Syrup – photographed here under ambient light in a break during a recent Commercial Photography shoot. Its use in baking (in bread, cake, flapjack & treacle tart for starters) is perhaps a given alongside its role as a topping on pancakes and porridge. However, I have photographed lots of other dishes that have incorporated a spoonful or two of ‘Goldie’ including speciality sausages, glazed pork ribs, thai prawn skewers, beef stroganoff, chicken curry and perhaps unexpectedly, lots & lots of cocktails.

Nevertheless, I do have somewhat of a proviso to Goldie qualifying as a bona fide Cinderella Ingredient. In the classic tin there’s absolutely no problem but when Golden Syrup comes in the modern easy-squeeze plastic bottle it just doesn’t seem right to me!

   

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