Color, pattern and shape define Janelle Jones’s food still lifes, which are sometimes more graphically appealing than appetizing—there are strange blue bananas and mixed citrus that has been frozen solid, leaving pretty, frosted orbs that might break a tooth. Jones shoots on her own or collaborates with a roster of stylists, for clients including in Vice, Nylon and Refinery29. “Most of them I would describe as ‘studies’ where I set certain parameters for myself, like a limited color or textural palette, or certain objects I find fascinating (rubber bands, Polish pastries),” she tells PDN by email. Watermelon and bubble wrap; pastries and cardboard; an orange, some aloe and a few peanuts—Jones’s subjects don’t always add up to breakfast, but like many in a new generation of food photographers who favor bright color and inventive props, she is pushing at the boundaries of the genre.
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