Photographs of Commonly Paired Foods Bound Together With String


Nashville, Tennessee-based food photographer Kyle Dreier has a curious project titled Pairings. The main theme of the photographs can be summarized with the questions: “What food really go well together?” and “What are the stereotypical food pairings?” Dreier finds a good and a drink that are commonly consumed together, binds them together with some string, and shoots a photo of the pairing.

Dreier tells us that the whole thing is a personal project that started with the idea of showing traditional pairings in an unusual way. Each of the photographs is a non-manipulated image showing the two foods bound together. Dreier did all the food styling and rigging himself.

On the technical side of things, the photographs were shot using a medium format camera (an Arca-Swiss Monolith) and a PhaseOne P40+ digital back.








Oh, and just in case you were wondering: “No innocent brownies were harmed in the making of these photos,” Dreier tells us.

Pairings by Kyle Dreier (via mashKULTURE)

Image credits: Photographs by Kyle Dreier and used with permission

  • Anonymous

    Oh boy…

  • Bob Prangnell

    photographers getting desperate.

  • Matt Ronan

    Isn’t the Arca-Swiss Monolith a large format camera? It was to my understanding that 4×5 is not medium format.

  • MarvinB7

    Fun! Isn’t that why we all go into photography in the first place? “Dreier tells us that the whole thing is a personal project…”

  • Jake

    Finally, some food photography with a sense of creativity behind it.

  • Dean W. Thompson

    The phase back is medium format.

  • Matt Ronan

    Got it! Thanks!

  • ietion

    nice concept! i like it!

  • bgrady413

    This makes me hungry and makes me smile. Mission accomplished, great project.

  • Haha

    You wonder how he would string together the sixty-ninth pairing.

  • Jstier

    :) awesome work!

  • Andrew Blaize Bovasso

    The photographs are beautiful but really this doesn’t have a function in the food photography world, and in the fine art photography world this sort of kitschy work doesn’t yield an exhibition or any sort of following so I am left wondering why these images were created. I really hope it wasn’t just a person project and the photographer did this for some ultimate purpose… hopefully editorial… otherwise useless.

  • Michael Andrew Broughton

    bondage porn and food porn, together at last.

  • Tyler Magee

    how so? I think this is very creative