Through her photographs, Leigh Beisch demonstrates how beautiful imagery can equate to a sense of health and well-being. Since she believes that art can heal, her passion for food, wellness, art and social causes fuels all that she does. Currently she is on a journey exploring foods that promote optimism; Foods + Moods. Below is a post that Leigh shared on her own blog sharing her first exploration.
This year I wanted to start a project that reflects a challenge to myself to explore new ways to use my photography + passion for food to help deepen people’s connections to the foods that not only nourish and nurture, but also heal us. Growing up with my mother fighting breast cancer for over 30 years meant being exposed to a lot of talk of healing foods and nutrition. It is probably why she lived so long with cancer, due to her proactive attitude and diligence to nutrition. So you can see that healing foods is something very special to me. I also seem to have spent my career shooting for magazines and brands that revolve around healthy food and lifestyle. Each project has exposed me to how powerful ingredients are in helping our bodies heal and be healthy.
For my first study on “Foods and Moods,” I partnered with twin sisters and talented chefs Mary Barber and Sara Whiteford, aka Mary and Sara. Besides our mutual love of making a storied image, they also have learned along the way to make and eat foods that help the body heal. And we love turmeric. And pineapple – not only for its taste, texture and flavor, but because it is also a serotonin-rich food that helps promote optimism. For this project we wanted to focus on foods that promoted good mood and optimism in conjunction with my friend Riley Johndonnell’s movement “UMEWE” [you-me-we] and “Into Yellow” which is a platform and specific tone of yellow he has created in conjunction with Pantone to promote optimism as well.