Playing with Your Food Is OK When It Turns Out Like This
In a sense, cooking — whether or not you follow a recipe — is a form of making order out of chaos. But no one makes order out of a random assembly of ingredients like Seattle-based freelance photographer Brittany Wright.
Wright’s Instagram page, which features beautifully satisfying images of fruits, vegetables, spices, baked goods and other kitchen staples arranged by color into “food gradients,” has been getting a lot of attention lately. As of late this week, it had 83,700 followers. People are clearly responding to Wright’s rainbow-like photos, as well as her meticulous, orderly approach.
"People like things set in order and seeing patterns that go together — it's just pleasing mentally," Wright recently told Yahoo Food. "I've had people email me and say that [they] have severe OCD, and seeing my art removes that nervous tick from their brain for a second. I don’t have OCD, but I see that. We like seeing order."
Most of the food Wright photographs is from local farms (sometimes even her own backyard), and none of it goes to waste: She either eats it, shares it or donates it.
And she also likes to cook it, learning about the science of food and playing around with different flavors.
“I’m working on my life goal of teaching myself how to cook everything and anything,” Wright writes on her website. “I see food as an art, and an opportunity to do something creative.”