Behind the lens

PUBLISHED: 09:00 17 April 2014

Food photographer David Griffen

Food photographer David Griffen


He worked with the region’s top chefs to produce the new West Country Cookbook, so we asked acclaimed Devon food photographer and home cook DAVID GRIFFEN to tell us about the art of photographing food

If you have ever tried to take a good picture of a dish you have made or enjoyed eating then you will already know that photographing food or ingredients is an art form in its own right. And photographing home-cooked food can be even more of a challenge because you can’t cheat the way you can in a food styling studio.

David Griffen is one of the best food photographers in the business and his new book, the new West Country Cook Book, showcases someone who is at the very top of his game working with our best chefs including Michael Caines, Tom Kerridge, Simon Hulstone, Nathan Outlaw, Neil Haydock and Mitch Tonks . . . to name just a few.

These are not Fine Art pictures of food. The brief here is all about capturing the artful combination of the finest ingredients to produce dishes that can be easily replicated at home. So there is a more rustic and artisan feel to the book and these images all reflect the current foodie trend for a downplayed, no nonsense and wholesome approach to the very best of ingredients whether from the sea, the farm or the allotment.

This is also one of those cook books that will travel – tucked under your arm - up and down the stairs, from the kitchen once you have tried out a recipe to the bedroom, so you can end the perfect day pouring over one gorgeous image after another.

From a full page picture of a mountain of clotted cream to a soil-caked hand clutching a pile of new baby potatoes, this book is crammed with gorgeous foodie shots. Buy it as a gift for another Devon foodie and make sure you drop lots of hints in the run up to your birthday so that somebody will buy it for you.

To view David’s six favourite shots from his book, look through the gallery to the right hand side of this page. For each picture, he tells us what went on behind the scenes and why the image works. Key to the success of the shots was the willingness of top chefs to keep it simple.

The new West Country Cook Book is available from and costs £20 + p&p; it is also avaliable from
For more about David and his work visit

This article was first published in the April issue of Devon Life. To get the magazine delivered every month to your home, subscribe at or call 08448484217

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