I don't often take photographs for/of restaurants but with my recent interest in the art of cooking and food-making AND when I saw that a friend of mine was opening up a Japanese Izakaya restaurant and I said to myself "why not?".
A lot of times, when I think of restaurant photographs, I think of food photos showing the food... and really, that's about it. Here's what you can eat. Thanks. And... that's all the photos really tells you.
As a documentary photographer, I felt I could add another dimension to the usual photographs of just food images and go beyond just food photographs. In this case, I wanted to photograph the "essence" of this Japanese Izakaya and tell their story. You see, an Izakaya in Japan is not just a a food place. It's also a place to hang out with some friends, have some great food and drinks and have a great time together, all the while trying out some very interesting Japanese food items that the kitchen comes up with. It's very social.
So the challenge here was to not just take photographs of the food but to also to convey the essence of the Izakaya through the photographs and hopefully allow you to experience a restaurant on more than "just" the food.
Images were shot with ALL Pentax cameras, utilising a combination of film in 35mm format, 645 format in black and white film and color film. Digital was also used, utilising the Replichrome film presets.
I used a Pentax PZ1-P film SLR camera with a Voigtlander 40mm F2 Ultron lens (K Mount), Pentax 645 film camera with 645 55mm F2.8 lens and my Pentax K7 digital SLR utilizing the DA 21 F3.2 Limited lens and the DA*55 F1.4 lens.
Funny story: I was actually surprised that some of these last images in color survived. You see, I opened the back of my film camera thinking I had rewound it. Instead, I opened it and exposed it so some really harsh light! NOOOOOO!
Surprisingly, most of the images seemed to have survived and, in fact, I think the effect on the film worked in my favor :)