Isabelle Zezima ; Culinary Photography


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Isabelle Zezima is a french photographer living and working in Paris. She grew up near Fontainebleau forest and went to the capital for studying arts and photography in Paris 8 university. 

Shortly after, she joined the photographic school “Les Gobelins”, in Paris, where she developed her technical skills.

During her childhood, she travelled a lot with her family. These experiences gave her the desire to discover always more world beauties, those who belongs to nature as well as those built by men. Because she loves to vary her subjects, she easily switches between outdoor and studio photography. Her pictures confront different topics : architecture, nature, food, still life… 

She is influenced by things she sees and experiences in her daily life. It can be a landscape giving her goose bumps, a crowed place remembering her how humans are weirdly living, a movie who inspired her stories, the design of a building giving her ideas for a scenery…

Sensitive to lights and spaces, she likes to catch outdoor landscapes and lights, which explains her specialization in panoramic pictures.
When she stands in front of a landscape, she tries to translate her instantaneous inner feelings in her pictures. She particulary likes to capture poetic, dramatic or surreal atmospheres. The same place can have so many appearences depending on the hour, the season… She knows that each picture will communicate a unique moment and emotion that will never happen again.
In the studio, she has a different approach. Freedom is total and she can create a universe from scratch. At this scale, she can choose her own lights, built space and create sceneries that she imagines.

She takes this advantage to convey ideas that are important to her, such as the preservation of the environment. Whether in panoramic photography or staged in the studio, her pictures mix a sort of pure instinct and meticulous construction.
She discovered culinary photography in 2011 and started a series of food sceneries. 
As she participated many times to the « festival de photographie culinaire », she had the opportunity to work on different subjects. 3 series result :

« Culinary architecture »

With the precious help of chef Olivier Gaillard, she imagined pictures almost exclusively built with bread from Bridor, who was a sponsor of the festival for the year 2012.

Culinary Architectures / Isabelle Zezima
Culinary Architectures / Isabelle Zezima
Culinary Architectures / Isabelle Zezima
Culinary Architectures / Isabelle Zezima

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«Luxury and celebration »

Working with Andresy’s jam on the theme luxury and celebration, the photographer creates sceneries in order to represent the world of celebration with some of its symbols : champagne, red carpet and evening dress.

Luxury and celebration / Isabelle Zezima
Luxury and celebration / Isabelle Zezima
Luxury and celebration / Isabelle Zezima
Luxury and celebration / Isabelle Zezima
Luxury and celebration / Isabelle Zezima
Luxury and celebration / Isabelle Zezima

« Feed the planet, energy for life »

On this ecological subject, Isabelle Zezima built three imaginary food landscapes with a huge variety of atmospheres. They recall the wealth of resources on the planet, but also their fragility. If we want to continue to enjoy the beauty of earth, we have the duty to protect all these treasures.

Feed the planet, energy for life / Isabelle Zezima
Feed the planet, energy for life / Isabelle Zezima
Feed the planet, energy for life / Isabelle Zezima
Feed the planet, energy for life / Isabelle Zezima
Feed the planet, energy for life / Isabelle Zezima
Feed the planet, energy for life / Isabelle Zezima

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