The portrayal of food as an art form is deeply rooted in cultural history. The series Dejeuner seduces the viewer with provocative images of the oyster mushroom. Through traditional composition, lighting and darkroom development, the skilled execution of each photograph captures the texture and allure of the oyster mushroom. Dejeuner's examination of this sacred and mystical symbol inspires reflection about the arts communion with food, nature and beauty.
Photographer Dale M Reid uses dark room techniques to imbue her botanical subjects with unimaginable personality and emotion. Reid's studies utilize different elements to produce sensual and whimsical portraits in high contrast with a keen eye for texture, form, and framing. Elegant white or black backgrounds highlight her subjects, allowing them to monopolize the photographs, filling the space with their unique voices and stories. Once having to juggle her photography and finance careers, Reid was able to shape her distinct artistic voice, inspired partially by her life partner's diagnosis.