Students from associate director Yara Clüver’s current second eight weeks Food Photography: Concepts and Practice class, recently visited the Goat Conspiracy, a local goat farm that focuses on sustainable practices. Nicole Schönemann, the farm’s artisan cheesemaker and soap maker, met students upon arrival and walked them through the farm explaining its history, processes, and practices. Students then had time to roam among the goats and the rest of the farm to shoot photos utilizing methods and techniques learned in class.
The course examines the topic of food photography in a broad manner that encompasses the commercial realm, as a social, political, and economic tool, and as a fine art practice. Class time includes reading discussions, hands on demos, museum visits, guest speakers, and discussion of student photo projects. Visits outside the classroom are essential to providing a well-rounded approach to learning. Earlier in the term, the class also visited IU’s Campus Farm. Both visits aided students in their second photo project: Telling a Food Photo Story.