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Capturing the True Essence of a Dish

Yoshiaki TakeiEditor

As photography is not my profession, there is no need to think about mobility and versatility that working in photography requires when it comes to choosing a camera. That being said, it is a hobby I put my heart into. Looking for a camera to photograph my cooking in natural light, I began to use the SIGMA SD1 Merrill. I normally attach the SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art, but there are times I also use the SIGMA MACRO 70mm F2.8 EX DG. The SD1 captures exactly in the image what I felt about the dish I made. The times where I thought it looked delicious or I did a good job, and also in times of failure where it tells me straight it is unappetizing. I started to photograph my dishes as a way to keep a record, but the boundary between “record” and “expression” gradually became blurred the more I used it. My photographer friend said to me “this is not an SLR, but more a miniature medium-format camera.” Indeed it is.

Yoshiaki Takei


Born in 1966. After editing travel guides and listings magazines, became editor of online magazine ‘Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shinbun’. Held a joint photography exhibition with Ichigo Sugawara in 2012.

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