Don’t look at Rick Souders’ photos on an empty stomach.
The Golden-based food photographer has spent years working with corporate clients to craft images good enough to eat. So, it’s no wonder that many attendees at his exhibit’s June 23 reception left feeling hungry.
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“Rick Souders: The Art of Edible Imagery” will be on display at the Golden History Museum & Park through Oct. 2. The exhibit features dozens of Souders’ food and beverage photographs and, as his friends and colleagues described, displays his unique talent and perspective.
“He has a great eye for composition and design,” fellow photographer and friend Larry Goodwin said.
Souders has been a photographer for 35 years and started in food photography 18 years ago. Growing up near the Pawnee National Grasslands, Souders’ uncles were farmers and ranchers. So, he had an early appreciation for where America’s food comes from.
Plus, Souders continued, he loves to cook, so food photography seemed perfect for him.
“I like food photography because it’s unpredictable,” he said. “Even though you pick it, (food) still breathes and moves.”
Souders said putting “The Art of Edible Imagery” together took about a year, and it includes one of his all-time favorite photos. He used a single light to shoot three pears sitting on an old piece of barn wood, he described.
Overall, he tries to combine colors and textures to make a photograph as memorable as possible, he said.
Golden’s Kathy Fisher, a fellow artist who met Souders through the Foothills Art Center, said she appreciated Souders’ use of color, contrast, movement,= and lighting in his photos. She especially liked the one of the swirling donut and the splashing drinks.
“I really enjoy his perspective,” she said, adding that his photos were fun and creative.
As a person, Souders is very outgoing and friendly, Fisher described. Goodwin added that Souders volunteers a lot around Golden and is very involved in the city’s art scene.
Goodwin, who’s worked as Souders’ digital technician previously, remarked how food photography requires a lot of patience. Souders works diligently to accurately capture a food’s color and presentation, and that effort shows in his photographs, Goodwin stated.
After receiving lots of inquiries about his work over the years, Souders stated he’s hosting a live food photography demonstration at his Golden studio on Aug. 18. Anyone interested can sign up via the Golden History Museum.
“Food by its very nature is inspiring — its shape, color and texture,” Souders said. “It’s my job to try to make it even more beautiful.”
For more information about Rick Souders’ photography, visit soudersstudios.com.
For sign up for the Aug. 18 live demo or for more information about “The Art of Edible Imagery,” visit goldenhistory.org.
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