The amount of food that is wasted adds up to billions of euros every year. About half of all the food waste happens in people’s homes. Silvia Bifaro, a food photographer, and sustainable food enthusiast ClerkenwellBoy joined forces to address this pressing global problem through photography. They came together to put the #Lensonlife – challenging each other to use everyday ingredients in a new way and inspire others to look at food through a different lens.
The most engaging photos tell a story – they take us on new journeys and allow us to explore undiscovered paths. #Lensonlife is a project that brings different worlds together by celebrating unique perspectives. We recently looked at the topic of the wealth gap, partnering with Lele and Phemina, also known as La Petite Touche (“the small touch” in French), who captured former refugee turned media entrepreneur Anna Nooshin on the streets of Paris.
This time, we’ve partnered with Silvia and ClerkenwellBoy, who created the most delicious recipes with everyday ingredients proving that the leftovers in your fridge still have a use. They met at Silvia’s home studio in London, where they cooked five dishes, discussed food waste and how #Lensonlife inspires them to push beyond the beautiful images.
Silvia elaborates, “The way we were raised, the culture we grew up in, the relationship we had with our parents and siblings and the types of music, books and movies we were exposed to, all played a part in forming our perception. Sometimes our perception changes by the people we meet, in this case ClerkenwellBoy inspired me to be more mindful when it comes to food.
It certainly didn’t occur to me that the rotting leftovers in the back of the fridge indirectly have a big impact on the environment. By throwing away half a lasagna, half of the emissions that resulted from producing and processing, packaging, shipping, storing, and cooking the food are also wasted. I’ve learnt that reducing food waste is one of the most important things we can do to reverse global warming.
So, for #Lensonlife ClerkenwellBoy and I created waste free recipes and a list of tips that will hopefully inspire you to reduce your food waste and our carbon footprint.”
Photography equipment used
For this project, Silvia shot with the Nikon D850, the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G.
“Capturing the beauty of the ingredients and the flat lays is so easy with the D850 and its vari-angle touchscreen – even when I held the camera above my head applying the lightest touch! The LCD touchscreen allowed me to see the exact image I wanted and capture it by just tapping on the focus point of choice. A dream come true for someone that always prefers free-hand photography. I also love using the 50mm lens with it. It is the perfect lens for my home studio, especially when the sun disappears.”