View Full Version : Photography swap: Food is art - Due July 23rd

05-03-2011, 06:43 AM
Swap Due Date: July 23rd
Signup/Withdraw Date: July 10th
Number of Cards: 3 for 3 or 6 for 6 (if enough participants ie: 7 or more)
Number of Participants: 12 (+ me)

This swap is for photographs of food, preferably artistically arranged. It could be something you've cooked/baked yourself, something you bought at a restaurant, or natural food such as fruit or vegetables. You can stack up canned food. Photohgraph a traditional dish for your culture/country.
Let your imagination fly free, as long as it contains at least one thing that is readily edible.

Please do not trouble yourself with the "is art" side of things, but take into consideration the simple principles of photography - particularly balance, lack of distractions (ie: clear the table of books before you photograph the meal), lighting, colour, cropping. Photomanipulations are allowed, but please do not go overboard. Simplicity is best.

If you've made the item yourself, you might like to include the recipe.

I will work on getting some more samples up later in the week, after I've got a sunny day and some food to photograph. Meanwhile, here's a hot chocolate I had on my honeymoon:


Now, the nitty gritty:

- Please print your photograph on good quality, photo paper. Image should be high quality and nice and crisp, not blurry (around 300 dpi).
- Unless you have really thick photo paper, photos should be MOUNTED on sturdy card of the appropriate ATC size (2.5 x 3.5 inches).
- Please put all cards into plastic sleeves.
- Write on the back your name, username, details about the subject (name of dish, name of restaurant), date and signature. Country too, would be nice.
- send either an address label or a self-addressed "business size"(DL) or C6 envelope.

All cards must be in the post by the 18th July if they are to get to me by the deadline. If I have not received your cards by that date, I shall email you for a status. I will hold the swap open for ONE WEEK after the due date for any cards that might be slow in transit. If your card does not arrive in that time, your letter will be returned or swapped out with some of my "reserves".

If you need to withdraw, let me know. That's not a problem.

I would deeply appreciate if you can send me US$1 notes or paypal me $$$ to lemurkat@gmail.com - it is very expensive for me to host swaps (costing me $2.40 per letter to return) but I love doing it, so the more help I can get, the better! Bonus/host cards definitely not necessary, although they will be appreciated. Please no ephermera/craft supplies. Although I still am low on plastic sleeves.

So, who's hungry?

1. LemurKat
2. Kicki22 (address given)
3. Wil Opio Oguta (received)
4. Minnkel (received)
5. Redheartstudio (received)
6. Memhill (received)(returns)
7. Soto (received)(returns)
8. MelanieS (received)(returns)
9. Blanche (received)
10. Scrappea (received)
11. Mopheads (received)
12. Susanb3258 (received)
13. Twinsmom2000 (received)

Reserve list
1. ArtbyCamilla

05-03-2011, 09:51 AM
I'd like to sign up please. I also have some pictures of food from Japan last year I may dig through

Wil Opio Oguta
05-03-2011, 10:30 AM
This is fun. Please sign me up for this one. And Minnkel is playing too. I am using her computer at the moment, but she will sign up by herself later.

05-03-2011, 10:44 AM
And not MUCH later at that! I'm signing up for just a few swaps that have July due dates....so this one can't be passed up. After all.....food is one of my very favorite subjects. Oh and how I enjoy the research!!!

05-03-2011, 01:38 PM
Welcome everyone!

05-03-2011, 08:35 PM
I would love to play!!! :)

05-03-2011, 09:33 PM
I'd like to play!

05-04-2011, 12:15 AM
Please sign me up!


05-04-2011, 01:52 AM
Got you all! We now have quota for sending in 6 cards - so if you take extra photos, you can include them too. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

Five spaces left!

05-04-2011, 11:20 AM
I would love one of those spaces, please!

05-04-2011, 03:22 PM
I've never done a photography swap. May I Join please It sounds so interesting

05-04-2011, 04:16 PM
Added you two!

Three spaces left.

05-04-2011, 05:44 PM
I'd love to join in.

05-06-2011, 04:44 PM
Only one space left!

And the awesome thing is - that I have not traded with most of you before - which I guess it what happens when you host a swap using a totally different medium from your usual one.

Welcome everyone, and please share your photos here.

05-07-2011, 12:55 AM
I'd love to participate. The photo swaps are my favorite!

05-07-2011, 01:22 AM
So, we're full!

05-12-2011, 07:53 PM
Well I've really tried. I don't think that one of my talents is photography. And due to that I need to withdrawl from this swap. I'm sorry, I've never had to withdrawl from a swap before.

05-12-2011, 08:40 PM
That's okay. Good on you for trying!

Here's a taco salad with mushroom patties and vegetables:

And lots of pictures of waffles (taken some time ago, I haven't made these in a while now):

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05-12-2011, 10:25 PM
DH and I are going to a family dinner this weekend - hope we're there early enough to take some pictures. His family loves food! And the strawberries are coming in.

I've been toying with the idea of a "Flat Stanley" type of thing, but with Mr. Potato Head; does that sound too odd?

05-12-2011, 10:35 PM
Sounds intriguing - I look forward to seeing the results.

05-12-2011, 10:45 PM
me, too! am going to give it a try anyway

05-13-2011, 02:20 AM
If no one has claimed the last spot, I would be thrilled to play!

05-13-2011, 02:28 AM
WElcome aboard

05-14-2011, 03:51 PM
Can I be added or put waiting list?
I Just saw this today, and I love photography!
Here are some b&w that I just did for a swap:http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/index.php?n=226548

05-14-2011, 04:43 PM
Sure you can Melanie!

05-16-2011, 02:15 PM
Waiting list only atm, sorry Mopheads. Wanna join it?

05-17-2011, 03:22 AM
Okay, MelanieS - do you want the spot?

05-17-2011, 09:31 PM
I'm practicing . . .

05-17-2011, 10:41 PM
Oooh that looks yummy!

05-18-2011, 02:40 PM
I would love to sign up.

05-18-2011, 03:13 PM
Well, Kicki22, I'll haev to add you to the "Waiting list" for now, although I have a spot free, MelanieS gets first choice on that.

05-18-2011, 04:16 PM
YES! I want in! :jiggy:

(Just replied your e-mail too)

LOVE to play with my camera!

05-18-2011, 05:10 PM
I'm going to bow out of this one and let someone else have my spot. I'm getting frustrated with playing with my food.

05-21-2011, 12:37 AM
Hi. Not sure if there's a space left but I'd like to be included, at least a waitingist. I did my first photo swap last week and love love loved it! Tonight I was just looking at a clOse up of a cupcake I took in January. Cold (hot/rainy/etc.) + cupcake = good day!

05-21-2011, 01:18 AM
Okay Mopheads, you're in!

Scrappea, I've added you to the wait list.

05-23-2011, 08:10 PM
My pictures are not looking very appealing to me thus far and since you have others wanting in, please give them my spot. Thanks for letting me try it out though

Wil Opio Oguta
05-25-2011, 12:24 PM
My cards are ready to go into the mail, please pm me your address. Here are their pictures: flavoured pickles, Indonesian dish, fruitsalade, homebaked applepie

05-25-2011, 09:30 PM
I would love to be a part of this so if a spot opens up, please consider me.

05-26-2011, 06:10 AM
Kicki22 now has moved into the swap and I've added Arivanna and Twinsmom to the waiting list. Have to say - the turnover for this has been pretty well paced, I'm really glad those of you that decide to drop out are so good at letting me know!

Art By Camilla
05-26-2011, 08:04 AM
Please put me on the waiting list for this.

I love photography, and I love food. Sorry I didn't speak quickly enough to make it into the swap :(

If the waiting list gets much longer, you will have to consider offering a Food is Art, part II :)

05-26-2011, 03:08 PM
I think I will Camilla, I wish I could have more participants, but 12 is about the max I'm willing to post out at one time (costs me almost $30).

05-28-2011, 03:21 PM
I am going to withdraw from this swap due to a major family crisis.

05-29-2011, 03:30 AM
Thanks for letting me know. Good luck with it. I hope things turn out ok.

05-30-2011, 12:14 AM
I had photos printed today and the turtle cheesecake photo was taken too close.
You know that now, purely for the sake of art, I'll have to get another slice, photograph it, and then . . . eat it!


06-05-2011, 03:28 PM
Received from Mopheads - absolutely delicious!

06-06-2011, 10:56 AM
Yummmmm. I should know better than to look at this thread before lunch. I haven't had too much exciting food lately. I have received two SB Frappuccinos with great drizzle on top, but those pics didn't come out well. I guess I'll just have to get another one, too...!

06-09-2011, 09:53 PM
Received from Wil Opio Oguta and Minnkel - two in one!

06-15-2011, 11:34 AM
Here is my Food Art!!! They will be going out to you today!

#1 Breakfast - Rise and Shine / eggs, bacon, biscuits & gravy at home!
#2 Lunch - Sammy Time / Ham Sandwich at home!
#3 Afternoon Snack - Simply Delicious / Caramel Macchiato & Choc Chip cookie at Starbucks!
#4 Dinner - Pizza & Beer / Pepperoni Pizza from Kens Pizza & Shiner Bock beer at home!

06-15-2011, 03:13 PM
Redheartstudio - good use of colour and space. Very tantalising!

06-15-2011, 07:55 PM
That gravy and biscuits is calling me!!! lol!
Can I get the address? I'm getting mine finished. Thanks!

06-16-2011, 06:37 AM
Address sent, Blanche.

06-16-2011, 09:17 PM
Thank you!

Here's my photos - I took a lil different take on it than what's posted so far.
Maine Ave Fish Market in Washington DC.

06-18-2011, 03:53 PM
My next photo-swap will be "toy photography"

06-18-2011, 04:51 PM
@ Susan + Blanche - close-ups of food are VERY effective, you get the interesting textures and the good colours too.

Nice work bot of you ^^ I'm seeing some lovely foods from this swap. Must take my camera out more.

06-18-2011, 07:49 PM
Great photo's Blanche.....I love the crab photo! My brother was a crab fisherman (he was lost at sea in 96)!! I hope I get it!!! ;D

Susan....love your photos too!! The colors are fun!! I have done that a few times while shopping, I love the looks I get!!! lol :)

06-19-2011, 05:57 AM
Thanks, Lemurkat. I do enjoy taking close-up photos because of the wonderful detail. And Blanche, your oyster photo especially is fabulous. I'd LOVE to get it as one of my returns -- hint, hint (was that too blatant?).

As long as I remember, ^^

06-19-2011, 09:58 PM
Thanks for the lovely compliments ladies! Such a great theme for photographing!

Beth, I am sorry about your brother OMG! My son used to work on a commercial charter fishing boat here and then for a couple of years in the Gulf on a tender boat (boat that serviced the oil rigs and the disaster). I'm glad he's not doing that anymore!

06-21-2011, 05:08 PM
am ready for your address, please

06-23-2011, 09:20 AM
Mine went in the mail today. This was a lot of fun!

06-25-2011, 06:43 AM
Received from Redheartstudio and SOTO. Will leave feedback now.

And here's a cupcake:

I got this for my birthday yesterday.

06-25-2011, 11:11 AM
am taking back my promise to have the cards in the mail by today -- two of the photos got cut crooked - :mad: - but I'll reorder prints and try again. Monday's mail should have them on the way

06-26-2011, 07:36 PM
mine will go out in tomorrow's mail. One of these days, I'll get the ATCs scanned so they are not crooked!

06-27-2011, 11:47 PM
I'm sorry, but I'm going to have to withdraw from this swap. I've been overwhelmed with other things going on and I feel like I won't get to do this in time. Hope whoever on the waitlist that is added has a ton of fun!

07-01-2011, 12:32 AM
Received from Blanche and Susan - great photos! Thanks.

Three weeks to the deadline, everyone (give or take a couple of days).

07-05-2011, 01:47 AM
Not long to go now! A few of you haven't asked me for addresses yet, which means your cards are clearly not yet on their way, so I'll be dropping you a PM this weekend.

Meanwhile, here's a fish (this was our guide's dinner in Madagascar):


Was trawling through my photos last night and found this beauty!

07-05-2011, 02:30 PM
Sorry Hrivas, the swap is full!

07-06-2011, 04:41 AM
Received Memhill's. Yummy!

07-08-2011, 02:51 PM
Well, darn it all, I thought I HAD your address. Turns out I do not. grrrrrr. drat drat drat drat My cards are done and will be sent ASAP. Please send me your address; I'm also PM'ing you.

07-08-2011, 05:19 PM
I'm glad they've arrived :)

07-12-2011, 01:54 AM
HI! Changed my mind. I'd like to withdrawal.


Okay, but you hadn't actually joined cos we were already full!

07-12-2011, 02:48 PM
Right folks, just over a week to go! We're still waiting on four sets of cards - three of which have my address, and the fourth of which has not asked, although I have sent an email reminder to them.

I believe I have a card for everyone - if anyone wants a recipe for the Autumn Waffles or the Nachos, let me know!

07-12-2011, 03:05 PM
mmmm, autumn waffles sounds wonderful! I'd like the recipe, please.

07-12-2011, 04:13 PM
Autumn waffle sounds yummy. I would as well, please.

07-12-2011, 06:21 PM
oh Nacho's for me please!!!! :) Thanks!!

07-13-2011, 02:07 AM
Of course, I have to actually see if I can find the recipes! I'm sure I've still got them somewhere...

07-13-2011, 03:23 AM
Did you get mine yet? And I didn't send in the recipes, my brownies are out of the box kind :rolleyes:, and the rainbow cupcakes are out of the box cake, with food coloring, and the jam is from the pectin insert recipe! Guess you can call me a "out of the box" cooker! It's the thought that counts? right? LOL!

07-13-2011, 06:12 AM
Might have - I have one package at my parents. Might well be yours!

07-13-2011, 06:15 AM
Here's the waffles:
I didn't invent the recipe - but that's my picture!

And here's another one (these weren't as yummy):
(also my picture, you might get this on your card)

I really should pull out the waffle maker again. I'm sure the DH wouldn't object!

07-19-2011, 01:37 AM
Received from everyone except Kicki, whose will probably arrive on or soon after the deadline.

I will take a photograph of the whole lot and definitely make a gallery page - so much tasty food and so many talented photographers!

I need to make a couple more of my own so you can all have one in return. So far I only have 9.

And thanks to the generosity with US$1 and stamps, not only will I be able to participate in every swap I like for the foreseable future, I'll probably also have a fair amount of "small change" for our planned trip to the US.

Kudos to you folks - you've all been extremely EXCELLENT players - I've not had to chase anyone up, everyone has sent their cards splendidly packaged and followed instructions. You have all made things flow so smoothly and I hope the returns flow back to you as smoothly! And also thanks to those of you that dropped out - and let me know straight away so that I could cycle through the "waiting list". It made things so much easier.

I will endeavour to mix the food groups when I send them back. My main risk is giving someone back their own card by mistake. This is the first photo swap I have swapped out and I imagine it might be a little more difficult than swapping out hand drawn works (cos I recognise the styles of most folks).

07-22-2011, 05:17 PM
Right, today is the day ^^ Not that it matters cos it's a saturday and we don't get mail for the next two days anyway. With any luck I will be trading out this swap on tuesday. In the meantime, I'm furiously looking for food to photograph because I haven't made enough cards of my own for you all to have one yet. Then again, if worse comes to worse, I'll just send off a couple the same. Since you've all been so generous at sending me 4, I want to send you all back four ^^

07-24-2011, 06:34 AM
Here's two of my final three - I've almost enough for all of you now.

Candy, candy, candy, how I love you so...

Spicy Beef Pilaf with Moroccan Carrots
(recipe for pilaf included)

07-25-2011, 06:57 PM
Swap outs will be delayed a few days - due to snow.

07-27-2011, 07:00 AM
Kicki's have yet to arrive. I blame the snow closing down vital services (like mail deliveries) still it's melted to slush now and with any luck I'll be able to swap these out on friday.

07-27-2011, 11:12 PM
Snow? Oh, my. We're melting here in the midwest USA. actually, right now it is raining in Michigan (happy grass!). lemurkat, that is so nice of you to think of us in return.

I printed your Autumn Waffle recipe. I don't know if I can wait 3 more months!

07-29-2011, 01:59 AM
Okay, still not received the last letter. I think we've had some postal delays - the whole country has been blanketed in snow. Well, was, but now it's basically clear again aside from frozen blocks of dirty ice... Anyhow, I've sorted them all out and scanned through enough for my gallery and have them all but ready to go so as soon as Kicki's arrive I just have to add them to the envelopes and send them off.

The food looks so yummy! Twinsmom, I want that christmas cookie recipe - although I probably won't make them - they look delicious.

And four people forgot to write "USA" on their address labels. So I did it for them.

08-01-2011, 03:27 AM
Posted out 8 packages today. Am holding onto the remaining 3 that have arrived to trade out with Kicki's cards which should arrive this week. If they do not, I will post out all the others on friday and trade out Kicki's (when they finally arrive) with my hostess gift ones. You folks were so generous, I've enough to spare should the need arise.

I'm not sure what's up with the mail atm. I've had a letter from Canada that still ahsn't apparently arrived after 3 weeks. Is that typical at the moment?

Also a few more photographs from me:

08-01-2011, 12:41 PM
How evil to show desserts just before lunchtime in MI. Drat! Cookies are now more appealing than "real food" is. :)

08-01-2011, 02:23 PM
My mum made the belgium biscuits. She makes the best belgium biscuits ever - sometimes you buy them and they are thick and dry. Not my mum's. She makes them thinner which makes them better.

08-01-2011, 04:21 PM
I'll be out of the country from tomorrow until next Wednesday; will check in when I get back! Am looking forward to the returns :jiggy:

08-02-2011, 06:32 PM
@lemurkat - There was a Canadian Postal Strike recently (I forget when it ended), so that may contribute to any delay.

Here are my cards:
Sandwich - Bubi's Restaurant, Windsor, Canada
Creme Brulee - Mitchell's Fish Market, Livonia, Michigan
Cherry Chip cupcake - Just Baked, Canton, Michigan
Grilled pineapple - picnic, Detroit, Michigan

08-03-2011, 03:02 AM
Kicki's in the USA and I haven't noted any delay there.

But a letter I just posted to Canada took almost 3 weeks. But it arrived - PHEW! It was a paying commisison.

08-08-2011, 12:02 AM
yay! Got my cards!
Thanks to Lemurkat for hosting such a fun swap!
And thanks for the great cards, from: mopheads, twinsmom2000, lemurkat, and mem hill!

08-09-2011, 01:22 AM
With still no sign of Kicki's, I posted out the last three I had retained on monday. These cards should be starting to arrive now - please leave feedback, note to this swap and/or leave rep when they do.

08-11-2011, 04:47 PM
My cards arrived while I was in Scotland; thank you for the recipe and for hosting, lemurKat! Thanks also to scrapPea, susanb3258, and MelanieS for the wonderful photos.

Wil Opio Oguta
08-12-2011, 04:04 AM
My cards arrived while I was in hospital. Thanks to SOTO for her Scrumptious Shortcake, Minnkel for the Panera bagles, ScrapPea for Bubi's and Lemuskat's Bananasalad. A great swap. Now off to leave reps and Itrader

08-17-2011, 07:42 AM
I received scrumptous cards -
Rainbow Cupcakes from MelanieS
Simply Delicious Afternoon snack @ Starbucks from Red Heart StudioAbundance/lemons from susan3258
Spicy Beef Pilaf from lemurkat - and thanks lemurkat, for a terrific swap!

08-19-2011, 09:56 PM
I have marked in red (on the first entry) all of those of you who have received your returns. If you have not received them yet, please let me know. All should have arrived, or will be not long off arriving.

If yours have arrived and you are not highlighted in red on the first entry, that means you have not left me itrader. I would be greatly appreciative if you could do so and it is also good etiquette to leave REP points for those whom you received cards from.

Thanks for a good, smooth swap folks!

I will leave this swap as "Active" another week or so, until I have completed the gallery page and then it shall be archived.

08-23-2011, 07:55 PM
My name is showing not received....but I have received them and thought that I rep'd and itraded....I am sooooo sorry! I will get the cards back out and do that....but I have received mine! Opppsy!! :eek:

08-24-2011, 03:30 AM
Fixed that RedHeartStudio. I may have overlooked you, but I thought I checked my itrader to see who had left me some.

08-24-2011, 06:36 PM
oh no....it was me who totally overlooked it. I must have been so excited about getting ready for the Oregon live gathering that I just thought I did it.....but alas I looked and I have not. Sorry to all for the delay! Got it all done now!!!

Thanks to lemurkat for a wonderfully delicious swap, and for the photo and nacho recipe.....loved all the photos posted!!

Thanks to Scrap Pea, Minnkel and Twinsmom2000.....Love all of your food photo's!! Thanks so much everyone!!!

08-26-2011, 12:09 PM
Received cards from Wil, Blanche and sue3258. And I looked at these cards again before lunch....