Cross Section Photos of Finished Dishes Reveal What Your Food Looks Like Inside


With the help of food stylist Charlotte Omnes, New York still life and food photographer Beth Galton put together an interesting series of photos that shows what prepared and packaged foods look like in cross section.

Speaking to Imaging Resource, Galton explains that she was inspired to create the series when asked to shoot a cross section of a burrito for a client:

Normally for a job, we photograph the surface of food, occasionally taking a bite or a piece out, but rarely the cross section of a finished dish. By cutting these items in half we move past the simple appetite appeal we normally try to achieve and explore the interior worlds of these products.

The series takes an inside look at everything from canned soup to ice cream cones, giving viewers a look at what their foods look like on the inside:








As far as shooting the photos themselves, the solids were pretty straight forward. When it came time to capture cross sections of liquid, however, Galton and Omnes had to get a bit more creative. The duo tells Imaging Resource that they used gelatin to solidify liquid in the soup cans, and Kitchen Bouquet to add color to the bits of food in the noodle soup.

For now, what you see here is the entire series, but photographer and food stylist have spoken about continuing it in an interesting and different way — no word yet on what they would look like. To see more from Galton or Omnes, you can head over to their websites here and here, respectively.

(via Imaging Resource)

Image credits: Photographs by Beth Galton and used with permission.

  • Adam Cross

    how are the liquid ones possible? they don’t appear to be pressed against a piece of glass or anything

  • DLCade

    The post was updated with a bit more detail regarding the food prep shortly after your comment :)

  • BDWT

    Before reading the article, I suspected that some of them could have been frozen before or after being cut in half but the coffee one still gets me. Even with the gelatine, I’d like to see a BTS video of this.

  • chubbs

    Haha these are great! I love the cereal!

  • Bas ter Beek

    I think using plexiglass would have done the job aswell!

  • Mantis

    My first thought was that they’re actually shot from directly overhead, but shot to look like they’re from the side. Until I got to the coffee one.

  • jay

    Junk foods :) But great pictures!

  • Ajay Fahlman

    I love that cup of coffee.

  • Raul

    The egg was a revelation. I had no idea.

  • Mr K

    no way is a bowl of instant noodles ever that full! If only.

  • Vin Weathermon

    Neat..I want a half of a neopolitan sundae now.