Lucas Fonovich Christening 2009-10-25 - Meathead


I did  all the photography in this book. Most of the pictures of the recipes were shot using a technique called lightpainting. For a book with "art" in the name I needed to do something unusual and creative with the images and I wanted to challenge myself.

To achieve the look I wanted I first had to black out my studio. The lens of my Nikon DSLR was opened for 20 to 30 seconds and the light came from a penlight flashlight that I moved across the set in a sort of dance, pushing the light in close to brighten an object, pulling it back for other objects,  changing the angles, swooping in low for long shadows, from behind for halo effects, all in the same image. I made several exposures of each image and then stacked them in Photoshop to get a double, triple, even a quintuple exposure.

The closeups of seeds, fruits, and vegetables may be used as background for chapter titles. They were shot on a flatbed scanner.

Special thanks to: Rick Longhi, food stylist, who worked by my side for many days cooking, styling sets, and critiquing. Dave Black, a master of lightpainting and mentor. He gave me a one-on-one hands-on tutorial for about 3 hours at Photoshop World and that was phenomenal. What a guy. Jerry N. Uelsmann, John Paul Caponigro, and Sonia Landy Sheridan, my other mentors and instructors in art, and my inspirations.