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The Trend for Driftwood

It has been a food photography trend for some time to place the subject on a surface which can only be described as different stages of rotting wood and so common is this that I find myself contemplating a visit to a beach somewhere to collect a few pieces!

Then just consider the question, how does this enhance the beautifully styled and dressed food in the shot?  Not sure I know the answer but would love to hear from anyone on the subject.  It doesn't rank for me up with a clean, crisp tablecloth with a pattern or plain.
I guess the appeal is the outdoors type of shot where the wood is your heavily over wintered garden table, now baking in the sun!   Rusty metal I've also seen, but again the surface seems to evoke an impromptu meal on the steel factory shopfloor.  Okay, tableware producers - the gauntlet is thrown down, wow us with your wares and we'll confine the industrial surfaces to subjects that aren't consumed by mouth!


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