Or was it?
As with everything in life, interpretation of the facts rests almost entirely on semantics and, to that end, I think we should define 'harmed'. Merriam-Webster defines it as "something that causes someone or something to be hurt, broken, made less valuable". Made less valuable? Ok, some whiskey was harmed. There. The truth is out. Damn you semantics.
Whenever I taste whiskey and ginger ale, I am in Labrador... and it is Christmas, and all those who have gone are still here. As a young adult, Christmas was the only time I ever tasted whiskey and the association with the season is quite visceral. Sigh.
Seeing how it is coming on that time of year (yikes!) I decided it was time to do a whiskey shoot. In particular, I wanted to do a shoot with some movement in it, and a whiskey pour would be a great challenge. I started to do a bit of research about a week ago. I signed up for KelbyOne and I think I learned more about food photography in the past week than in the past 2 years!
And I am torn.
In the very depth of my being, I am torn.
I had no idea the amount of 'help' that food was getting from the professionals! I also had no idea how much of this photographed food is actually not eaten.
I had heard that rumour way back, but I assumed that times had changed. Progress. Digital media. 21st century. Hoverboards. Yadda yadda. Not so!
Some things remain unchanged; food occasionally needs a bit of help to look good.
This is good to know because it helps to explain why my photos are lacking a certain something that I have been striving towards. The question now is...do I go down that path? The path that leads to pretty, yet inedible, food. I don't know if I can! Honestly...it is against my religion! There aren't too many things I believe in, but not wasting food is one of them. I will certainly have to get back to you on this one.
In the meantime, I managed to do a whiskey shoot with real ice and a genuine pour carried out by yours truly. Not a bit of glycerine, acrylic or Scotch Guard was used for the shoot. Just a ridiculously delicious-looking glass of whiskey.
I can't verify that the whiskey was returned to the bottle 'unharmed' after the shoot. I remember having a chat with some missus named Nancy, and my guess is that she made off with what was left!