“I try to photograph food as I would eat it”: Ronni Campana’s shoots celebrate the joy of eating
in two recent shoots the italian photographer directs models to eat in a “dadaist order” with brilliant results.
- Lucy Bourton
- 15 October 2020
- Reading Time
- 3 minute read
working with stylist riccardo linarello, ronni orchestrated not only outfits but “a range of random food” and the actions their characters would act, munching on cannolis or pouring coffee from a cafetière while sitting on plush leather seats. the next shoot for followed, where “the mood was more or less ‘paparazzi’, basically catching people while they’re eating or literally catching them while biting or chewing the food.”
2020欧洲杯冠军预测taking a fair bit of coordination, especially as this was planned during lockdown, ronni and the team prepared “all details meticulously and remotely,” selecting food ideas, the nine characters and locations, until lockdown loosened its grip and they could shoot. once in the real-life setting, the photographer explains that shooting in this way also “doesn’t require any extremely diabolical direction” – although that’s arguably thanks to his planning. finding that on set he can decide “the idea of what the final image on the monitor will be,” ronni can leave the subject “to simply eat, in a relaxed way, seated in a planned position and just repeat the same hypnotic movement over and over, back, forward, left, right, in a loop.”
as a result, the funniest part of these shoots is the meals ronni has put his subjects through, “an absolute dadaist order” ranging from “mango ice cream, followed 20 minutes after by a double bacon cheeseburger, coconut juice, with smoked ham!” he says. “the whole thing spiced up with a pleasant temperature of 35 degrees italian summer mugginess.” the hardest role, however, was taken up by “my loyal companion iphone 5, with the amount of texts he dealt with.”
making this latter shoot in the most recent ease of lockdown, ronni concludes that during this difficult time “my creative practice always helped me,” he says. “thinking about images helps me every day to feel happy, it is my first thought when i wake up and the last one in the evening when i have a beer on the sofa” – a sentiment that definitely comes across in these shoots.