20 Amazing Photos of Food As Art

We all watch a bit too much food porn. But food is art, so we should really be treating our food photography as art. And for this week's Shooting Challenge, that's just what you did.

WINNER: How They Built the Pyramids

A desert made out of rice. Rice is the basic aliment in most cultures. So abundant it could fill up a desert. Yet again, hunger still remains. Landscaping a desert with some brown rice, paper glue and cardboard, and photographing it with a couple of made up lights holding from a microphone stand was definitely fun. Canon 7D, lens 50mm, ISO 400, f4, 1/30
- Gilliam Dela Torre



I was picking up salad fixings for a "make your own salad" night when I saw this pepper that looked like an angry old man. Nothing else spoke to me for this challenge, so, angry old-man pepper it was. f/5.0, 1/125 sec, ISO 200
- Rob Huber


Explosion of Flavor

My original plan was to post fruit being blown up by fire crackers. Unfortunately the fire crackers did not do my plans justice. I resorted to shooting the fruit and doughnuts with a .45 which suited the taste of my artistic palette. Canon 5D Mark III, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II at 63mm, f / 4, 1/8000 sec, ISO 200
- Robert Allen



Set up my three A800, Alien Bees, cut a thin slice of grapefruit and shot it in a tank full of seltzer water.
I love how it resembles the human muscular system with its similar color palette and texture. Nikon d7000, 35mm-70mm, f/2.8, 100 ISO, 1/250, f/14
- Amie Hauck



Well i was eating my breakfast, that mom made to me ñ.ñ and i saw this freaking thing in my melon i thought it was like a fetus T-T and i just decided to capture it. I took this photo with my Aquos007 SH softbank cellphone ñ.ñ
- Jesus Gonzalez


A Rose By Any Other Name

I asked my wife to commit to doing the challenge with me no matter what it was on Saturday night before either of us had seen it. We took the camera out to dinner with us but nothing stuck out as something we could use. Sunday morning I repeated it out loud "Food as art" then, out of the corner of my eye, I see my wife carving the strawberry. Canon T4i, EF 50mm f/1.8 lI lens, f/1.8 1/250s ISO100
- Rob Houge


Goodbye Cruel World

I enjoy cookies and milk, a lot—perhaps too much. And I know I'm not the only one. After all, who can possibly resist the perfect dessert/drink combination that transcends both age and culture? But as I slowly dunk my favorite cookie down into milk, an art that I've honed to a meticulous science, I can't help but wonder if my crunchy friends feel the sharp sting of injustice brought upon by their tasty popularity. "Good-bye, cruel world!" I hear them say, just before I quiet them into complete, lactose submersion. I'm sorry it has to be this way, my chocolate-chipped friends. But you are just too damn delicious. Nikon D800, 50mm, f/1.8, 1/250, ISO 800
- Trevor Cochlin


Spaghetti Again??

In my photograph, a zombie child is feasting on what is portrayed as handfuls of intestines and body organs but is actually a full dinner-plate-amount of boiled spaghetti noodles, uncooked ravioli, and a few drops of red food dye to create a bloody appearance. The photo shoot occurred on a warm day in my backyard. I used a Nikon D300 and nothing but natural lighting. After the shoot I used Adobe Photoshop CS2 to brighten the colors further, specifically the red in the intestines, to give it a more dramatic tone. All make-up was applied before the shoot, was not done in Photoshop. I am in High School and still learning all I can about my camera.
- Amandalyn Dorner


Mmmother Earth

My first thought with this contest was to do a landscape. I was thinking mountains of fruit, plains of mac-n-cheese... I decided to scale back and do a waterfall. Lots of greens, mushrooms- I figured I'd use spaghetti for the fall, then my father suggested Thai noodles because they're less yellow. I was stumped with the river for a while and considered abandoning the idea- this was Sunday morning. I asked my eight year old son what I should make and he yelled "pancakes!", but he meant breakfast. I took it to mean the river floor. The 'syrup' got thicker and thicker until it looked like gravy, but I liked the effect. This was the last shot of the shoot, one of the only vertical/portrait takes. Thai rice noodles, white, crimini, and oyster mushrooms, fennel, thyme, parsley, asparagus, pancakes, butter, CocaCola/corn starch syrup-gravy, collard greens, broccoli, romanesco, sage, raspberries
- Julian De Puma


These entries this week were totally nuts (get it). Be very proud of the accomplishments. But now, please, seriously, you should stop playing with your food. The full gallery is below—it's really worth checking out—and the big shots are on flickr.

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