Food, glorious food. I love it—and I love to eat out. That’s why I get particularly excited whenever I’m asked to photograph a place where people meet to eat. A five-star restaurant, a neighborhood eatery, even a branch of a casual fast food chain—it doesn’t really matter. The environments created by people who cook for people who eat have always fascinated me.
I’ve photographed an endless number of eateries. As far as actually working in one, I did spend a summer before college cooking up fries and roast beef sandwiches at Arby’s. That’s where I learned that you don’t always want to know how or where your food is made.
I much prefer shooting “in the front of the house.” As a photographer of architecture, I like to be able to control the situation—and, as we all know from watching countless cooking shows, that’s not always possible back in the kitchen.
But whether or not I include people in my shots is usually decided by the nature of my audience.
All of the pictures of restaurants, cafes and casual dining spots you see here were taken from the client’s POV—and each tells a unique story or part of one. My architecture and construction clients prefer the emphasis to be placed on the look, design and physicality of the space.
My editorial and academic clients want to see people enjoying good food, drink and the company of other people, promoting a sense of community within neighborhoods and on university campuses.
Me? I’m just here for the food—and drink.