Blog Feature | World Photography Day August 19th, 2013 … a picture is worth a thousand words #worldphotographyday

“I believe that photography has the power to tell stories, inspire generations and initiate change in the world.”
Korske Ara

World Photography Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic processes developed by Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre. On January 9, 1839, The French Academy of Sciences announced the daguerreotype process. A few months later, on August 19, 1839, the French government announced the invention as a gift “Free to the World”.

Another photographic processes, the Calotype, was also invented in 1839 by William Fox Talbot (it was announced in 1841). Together, the invention of both the Daguerreotype and Calotype mark 1839 as the year that photography was invented.

 Over 170 years later, we have chosen this date, August 19th to celebrate photography, It’s past, present and future, technologically and artistically.

Irish Creme Chocolate Cakes with an Irish Creme Caramel Sauce What an inspiring day to begin the week. As a food blogger, I learnt one thing pretty early – we eat with our eyes first. There has been endless inspiration over the years. So much to learn. I can spend all day long flitting from flickr to pinterest to 500px  to tumblr and drown myself in images. Photography never ceases to amaze, creativity astounds!

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The photographer’s job is to cut a frame-sized slice out of the world around him, so faithfully and honestly that if he were to put it back again, life and the world would begin to move again without a stumble.
Raghu Rai

… words that this hugely talented photographer proves each time he clicks. He has captured India like no one else.

I have had the privilege of being invited to Mumbai by the Google+ team for the Google+ World Photography Day event today. While I fly off to discover how Google has changed the world of photography and images, I leave you with some of my favourite food  shots. It’s a mixed bag  yet one thing runs common – there is always a story behind my shots, a memory, an emotional connect, a season, maybe a reason.

Food photographsIMHO, it’s important to connect with the subject to lend the photograph a soul. Soulless photography doesn’t work for me. The image must tell a story. It must also arouse curiosity. The mind should look at it and say how, when, why, who? I ask these questions a hundred times a day as I look at inspirational photographs. So much to learn and so little time. I leave you with one last photograph … a non food one. It’s very ‘India’, it has a story, the monkeys have names {Ramlal & Chameli}. It reflects a poignant part of  Indian folk tradition …

Ramlal & Chameli

“ Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.”
Imogen Cunningham

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  • 3 years ago


  • 3 years ago

    such lovely photographs!!

    yes, we experience with our eyes first, be it a delicious looking dish or a wonderful landscape..which inspires us to make the dish or travel to the destination!!

  • Beautiful photographs. Being a new food blogger, I visit your blog daily to enjoy your photographs. Always inspiring and full of emotion.

  • bakingflavours
    3 years ago

    Beautiful post like your pictures.

  • 3 years ago

    wonderful photographs …. and your dishes are amazing…….

  • 3 years ago

    When I was a kid I was so fascinated by Tarla Dalal’ and one other cook book from abroad (forgot the name) that they became the hallmark for me in field of food n photography. These days there are dozens and dozens of food writers and photographers (a lot of them are brilliant as well). However, the one that stays on my mind after those Tarla dalal books (creating an everlasting impression) is you! I seldom get to read your posts, when ever I do, I just leave your blog in complete awe and mesmerized. Keep Baking Deeba, keep innovating & delighting!

  • 3 years ago

    Outstanding photographs!

  • 3 years ago

    beautiful, lady! Your photos, props, colors are always amazing and so unique. Atta girl! You create stories!

  • 3 years ago

    wow kept my eyes opening…lovely clicks…and inviting food…just want to grab everything Deeba… 🙂

  • riya
    3 years ago

    it touches the heart of every person who loves beautiful pictures and appreciates the frozen moments!

  • 3 years ago

    Love the Indianess in your pictures!!

  • 3 years ago

    I love your photos, always have. I adore your still life photos and your outdoor and travel photos as well. Your talent lies in being able to balance the photo and the food you are shooting, whether an interesting propped scene to highlight something plainer, simpler, or a simple background to let a more complicated, decorated, stunning treat stand on its own, grabbing all the focus rather than getting lost in a fussy ambiant. Whatever you do, I always want to make and eat your food, which is what it is all about.

  • 3 years ago

    All of your pictures are outstanding. Over the years I have admire how they become beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us!

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