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Taste the rainbow: Food photographer shares how she makes stunning gradients

Seattle-based food photographer Brittany Wright, 23, runs one of the most appetizing accounts on Instagram (@wrightkitchen), arranging foods by color for gorgeous gradient photos. Here, she shares her morning routine, and the story behind her stunning shots.

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    Taste the rainbow: Food gradient photos showcase ingredients

    Seattle-based food photographer Brittany Wright's Instagrams are crisp, clean and colorful — just like the produce she photographs.

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    Taste the rainbow

    Photographer Brittany Wright, 23, has become an Instagram star for her beautiful and creative photos of food gradients. She started the project, which you can follow at @wrightkitchen, to learn how to cook anything and everything.

    She chooses her ingredients based on what's in season because that's when raw food looks its best, and took this picture in January "when citrus was at its peak."

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    Spice

    Wright regularly visits farmers markets and food shops to gather her supplies, and says she plans her photos "in the moment" once she gets home with all of her ingredients and spreads them out. This shot is made of a series of spices.

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    Yellow to green

    "I've always been really drawn to color," Wright says. "When I was younger, I would lay everything out in a similar way, my crayons or whatever. With my Barbies, I would style them and dress them up with different color combinations, lay out their shoes and organize them by color. It's always kind of been who I am."

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    Blue to purple

    "Still always on the hunt for more blue foods," Wright wrote of this picture.

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    Not-so-green greens

    "I do a lot of raw ingredients," Wright says. "My main focus is what is produced from the Earth is really pretty — all the colors that just naturally come out are awesome."

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    Fresh farm eggs

    Wright started her blog because she wanted to learn how to cook "as a life skill."

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    Banana steps

    "People will tell me that I inspire them, that they want to eat healthier," Wright says of the response to her photos. "When people tell you that, why would you stop?"

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    Mini heirloom tomato gradients

    Wright, who makes these food gradient photos during her nights and weekends, says she'd like to make it a full-time job: "That's what means the most to me."

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    Pears

    "I'm still surprised about how many pears I was able to find for this pear gradient," she wrote of this pic.

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    Frosting cup gradients

    "I get an early start every day," she says of her process. "A lot of times I wake up early and I'm ready to get going because I'm excited about whatever it is I'm going to do. I love what I do, so I'm really thankful."

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    Toast

    Wright's photo caption for this one: "Which toast is the best toast?"

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    Pearl onions

    "Peeled pre-pickled pearl onion gradients," she wrote. "That's a lotta P's."

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    Carrots

    "There are some really crazy looking carrots out there," she said. "And carrots are pretty year-round too."

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    Red to orange

    In addition to taking gorgeous food shots, Wright's goal is to encourage healthy eating. "I've realized more and more that people either don't care about what they're eating or they don't care to know," she said.

    She'd love to educate "as many people as I can" about "where their food comes from, what it is, what it does, why it's good for you, how to eat it, and how to cook it."

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    Happy Easter!

    Wright served up these colorful egg gradients in honor of Easter.

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    Heirloom heart

    Wright has struggled with her photos being lifted and shared across the Internet without her permission. She shared this photo with her fans to thank everyone for letting her know when her images had been stolen and supporting her work.

    "Thank you for being such an amazingly supportive and loyal group of people to have around," she write. "You fuel my art and keep it in my name. This heart of heirlooms is for you."

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    Orange to yellow

    Wright not only loves photographing food, but talking about it with friends and strangers. "I love hearing people's ideas and talking to them about food and hearing their perspective," she wrote. "Everyone's opinion matters."

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    Juice

    What happens to all these ingredients after she's done taking pictures? "I either eat it or juice it," she says, "or I give it to my friends."

    She took this picture after getting a new juicer and making all kinds of creative combinations.

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    On the vine

    Wright started by photographing cooked meals, but now sticks primarily to raw ingredients. "Food is very temperamental," she said. "It can only be where it's at for so long."

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    Seckel pear gradients

    After gathering her ingredients, Wright takes them home, lays them out on a big table in her living room, and chooses a material to put them on top of. In this case, these pears are set against a gray backdrop.

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    Sweet pepper gradients

    "I don't use any artificial lighting," she said. "I just use whatever's available."

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    In the spice cabinet

    Wright has learned through posting these photos that the more colors she includes in a gradient, the better the response is online. "If I go from red to purple, people are like, 'whoa,'" she said.

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    Pre-juices

    Wright has recently started selling prints of her work, available on her site.

    "Everything that people have been purchasing from me just goes right back into it, and fuels me to keep doing more," she says. "People have been really sweet about that. It's a really humbling thing for me...It's just kind of changed my life completely."

    You can follow her latest pictures on Instagram at @wrightkitchen.

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I get an early start every day. It’s not even because I like to wake up early — a lot of times I wake up early, and I’m ready to get going because I’m excited about whatever it is I’m going to do. I love what I do, so I’m really thankful.

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So many choices! Once I've made a decision, this is my favorite spot to eat.

8:45 a.m.: Sunday is one of my favorite days for making my art, mainly because the farmer’s markets I go to are open. It starts with the Macrina bakery.

It’s one of my favorite places because they try to expose what people are actually doing — you can always see them baking, creating whatever you’re about to eat, so the aesthetics inside are kind of my favorite. This is one of the more challenging choices of the day, just picking what I want to eat, because it's all so great.

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A table of radishes at the Ballard Farmers Market.

10 a.m.: After that, I go to the Ballard Farmers Market, just north of Seattle. I try to stay away from the grocery stores as much as I can; I like to know where the food is coming from, who’s making it. The farmers are here — I get the opportunity to talk to them and hear what they have to say. It also teaches me; I picked up some vegetables here I’d never had before.

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I bought these spruce tips to infuse them into a simple syrup, which I may infuse into some vodka to make cocktails.

If I’m looking to cook something specific, then I’ll know what I'm looking for, but a lot of times it has to do with what’s in season and what’s available. Since what I do is with raw ingredients, it has to be pretty, essentially. The only way to get the best looking stuff is to stick to the season. I try to educate myself about when the seasons do change — for example, berries are about to start going wild, so I’ll probably start to do something with berries. My ideas are kind of minimal — when I get around the food or the produce, that’s when my ideas start to fly.

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This is a rambutan, a fruit from Vietnam. This was new for me, but I started talking to the woman at this stand and she just cracked one open and gave it to me to eat. It tastes like a lychee, like a big gummy.

10:30 a.m.: I go over to Pike Place, which I go to probably three times a week, mainly because I’ve been able to build friendships with some of the farmers there. The’re just honest people who care a lot about what they do. I really like people and I like being around people, so that’s a really easy way to do that.

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Pizza break!

11 a.m.: This is my snack break at the specialty food store in the market — I go here and eat pizza a lot.

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A sausage making class in the studio.

12 p.m.: I also manage a studio, and Jim Drohman, who owns two restaurants in Seattle, was there teaching a sausage making class. I photographed it for him, and also for the website for the studio. It was a cool opportunity to learn about sausage making — something I didn’t know very much about.

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The inspiration box.

2 p.m.: After Pike Place, I go home and that’s where the radishes and everything come into play. This is my box of papers — the rest of the day continues with this box of materials; it's where I pull to make my art from. I have different metal scraps and types of textures — this box with all the colors in it inspires me a lot.

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Starting to plan a picture.

I get home and put everything I have out on my table, and then I just start to build art out of it. I made it a gradient of the radishes. This picture is an example of how I start to break it down:

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Once I have it all organized by color then I’ll start to build the design of the picture. There’s a lot of times where I’ll build it and then push it to the side and start over.

Radish gradients #foodgradients

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Usually I just lay it out and I’ll look at the shape of everything and the colors of everything, and I’ll organize it to where it’s aesthetically pleasing to me.

I buy lots of things in bulk because to create a lot of these pictures I need so much — I literally put everything into it. All of my time, all of my money. It’s what I’m the most passionate about.

Check out more of Wright's amazing photos here.

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