Food photography reached a new height recently when New York-based artist Brea Souders collaborated with VSCO, an art, and tech company, to create a series of thermographs that capture the radiation emitted from popular American foods. On the list are all time favorites, which are not just restricted to the US, such as pizzas, hot dogs, and fries among junk/fast foods.
According to the company, thermography is a scientific procedure that detects infrared energy emitted from objects and converts that energy to relay temperature, and then showcases that data as an infrared photo known as the thermogram. The result is a series of pop art like images that show the amount of radiation emitted by some of the most favorite foods in the US, as their temperatures increase.
“This is accomplished through the use of a thermal camera, which, unlike the human eye, can see the infrared spectrum and deliver a visualization of how heat is distributed,” stated VSCO. “A quality camera will record a specific temperature for each pixel in the image, with an accuracy of plus or minus 2 °C.”
As a result of the photographs, you can now see how your Sunday brunch looks when captured thermographically, and how much radiation each food item is brimming with, even if it was not heated in the microwave. However, as per a report, there is nothing to be really worried about as we have contact with infrared radiation every day, it is simply heat. Moreover, all objects that have a temperature more than absolute zero emit electromagnetic waves. It is only when you touch an item that is exceedingly hot or looks at an infrared radiation source for too long that it can become dangerous.
Incidentally, infrared thermography is usually used more often by firefighters or military for dangerous situations. Doctors also resort to thermography for breast cancer diagnosis. For now, you can take a look at some of the food items captured with thermal photography.