12 May 2016
The Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year has quickly established itself as the world's leading competition for food photographers, whether amateur or professional. Over the years RPS members have had been short-listed on a number of occasions.
This year Geoff Harris LRPS and Polina Plotnikova ARPS were both included in the exhibition. We caught up with Polina who is chair of Beckenham Photographic Society and also holds an EFIAP who was short-listed in the Apple-a-Day category. She said: "I liked the challenge of Apple-a-Day category and wanted to create an image that would be showcasing Pink Lady apples in an unusual, quirky way, that will make viewer smile." She achieved this by using "strings and various clips to suspend apples, each in a precise position I had chosen for them and tilted camera slightly in order to increase the illusion of imbalance".
Polina works out her shots in advance planning and constructing an image in her head to visualise the overall composition, the objects she's going to use, the overall colour scheme, the lighting and the background. She says: "Still life photography is great for a perfectionist - no one fidgets or makes faces, no sudden gust of wind or some other quirk of ever-changing weather can spoil your shot. But, by the same token, you cannot count on something interesting that just happens all of a sudden - it is all up to you; the choices are infinite, and the final result is entirely in your own hands."
Her resulting image is eye-catching and obviously caught the competition judges' eyes.
You can see more of her work at her website: www.polinaplotnikova.com
Image: © Polina Plotnikova / Unstill Life.