WARSAW–Making good food is a challenge. Styling food to make it look appealing is an even greater challenge. And capturing the beauty of food with a camera? Art. After mastering cooking and styling, Kinga Błaszczyk-Wójcicka decided to become an expert in food photography. She has photographed food for various Polish books, magazines and websites. Ms. Błaszczyk-Wójcicka also teaches food photography, passing on her knowledge and passion to enthusiastic apprentices.
Prior to becoming a photographer, Ms. Błaszczyk-Wójcicka owned a vegetarian catering company for years, and wrote a culinary column for a local newspaper. When Ms. Błaszczyk-Wójcicka was first writing her column, professional photographers would shoot the food. And although she wasn’t satisfied with the photographs, she wasn’t quite ready to tackle learning food photography. She remembered “the photographers came with so much equipment and what stuck in my mind [was] that to do good photography you have to have a lot of equipment and spend lots of money on it.”
Then she discovered that the internet was full of food photography amateurs taking beautiful photos and decided it was time to make her food photography visions a reality. “My grandmother would always tell me, ‘Kinga you’re not stupid. If she can do it, you can do it too,’” she told me. “That’s what I believe; you can learn anything in life. It’s only a matter of your determination, how much effort you put into it and whether you give up or not.”
Ms. Błaszczyk-Wójcicka’s started a blog Green Morning to share her food photography and recipes, and people soon began to take notice. She has an active Facebook following as well. Her photography is a product of hard work, dedication, passion and creativity. “Photography is a unique hobby,” she explained. “It makes you see beauty where other people don’t see it. You can take what people see as rubbish – like a rusty old can, and find beauty in it.”
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article by Vedika Luthra
Vedika Luthra grew up in Poland but studies in the Netherlands. Last summer, she participated in a human rights fellowship, which motivated her to do a project that empowers women. Her project is inspired by a Humanity in Action Fellowship Program in Poland.
Featured Image by Ms. Luthra; images in article by Ms. Błaszczyk-Wójcickiej.