Eat Local - Nate Luke Photography

What is food? Food originates within plants, animals and water. It contains nutrients that enable us to survive, but it can also contain ingredients that threaten our health. For thousands of years, food has played a significant role in our social interactions as humans and it is central to spiritual traditions throughout the world.

Food is simple, complex, spiritual, commercial, social and controversial. Where do you get your food? Do you know where it came from? Who grew it? How?

Nate Luke is a friend and photographer living in Missouri. He has been searching for answers to these questions through the photographic study of the local food movement. When I met Nate a few months ago I learned about a personal photography project of his that truly comes from the heart.

It just so happens that this year's Blog Action Day topic is food. I thought what a great opportunity to talk with Nate about his project. Below is a short interview with Nate along with some of his images.

ME: How did you become interested in photographing local food?

Nate Luke: I became interested in the local food movement approximately two years ago.  I wanted to contribute in some way and I knew that I could lend my photography skills to help promote and bring awareness to the cause.  My first project was photographing the local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm, documenting both the food that is produced and the people that make it happen.  I've expanded that to working with the local urban farm, co-op and Slow Food chapter.  

ME: How long have you been working on this project?

NL: I'm entering into my third year. 

ME: What does this project mean to you?

NL: This project demonstrates my passion for educating people on why it's important to eat non genetically modified foods and how healthy and organic foods can enrich their lives and their health. 

ME: Do you feel that local food is having a renaissance in America? If so, why do you think that is?

NL: Yes. People are looking for better quality of life without spending a lot of money.  Growing your own food and supporting your local farmers in a great way to do that.  

Nate has been working as and advertising photographer since 1997 and specializes in commercial still life, landscapes and lifestyle photography. Check out some of his other work at www.nateluke.com and see what else he's up to on his blog: http://blog.nateluke.com