Kristen Phillips, photographer Submitted photo

Work by Kristen Phillips, a Lewiston-based food and portrait photographer, is on display through June in the Art and Ale window at Gritty’s in Auburn.

With deep roots in Maine and a curiosity that’s taken her around the world, Phillips reflects every mile she’s traveled to beloved New England subjects. Classically trained at the Hallmark Institute of Photography, she learned to apply technical skill to her already centered visions. Pulling inspiration from nature and her daughter, her photos are magnetic and joyful; a celebration of life and food.

“As long as I can remember, I’ve had two great loves – food and photography,” says Phillips. “About 5 years ago, I added a third to that list – my sweet daughter, Sage. Food brings people together. It’s heritage, it’s history, it’s love, it’s care and it’s art. That’s where I bring these two loves together, with photography. Over the years, I’ve traveled throughout Europe, Peru, and lived in Wellington, New Zealand. I was always fascinated with how each culture centers around food, how they use it to keep their legacies alive, nurture their families and express their love for one another. Each photo I make is carefully styled, lit and composed to put the viewer right in the moment. I love all aspects of creating these still lifes – designing the set, styling the food, and lighting it perfectly.”

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