Kashrut are principles derived from the Torah that describe the foundational laws for the Jewish people and their relationship to the preparation, ritual and consumption of food; its precise instructions of guidance have been observed for more than three thousand years.


Continuing a personal body of work located in food anthropology, Naomi Goddard spent three weeks in Israel documenting how aspects of food culture are inscribed into the landscape, from the domestic to the commercial, observing how religion and ritual influence the structures of everyday routines.


It is Jewish custom to celebrate every holiday and festival with a meal. In association with this, particular foods are eaten to symbolise the occasion; for example, Hamantaschen cookies at the festival of Purim represent the three cornered hat of Haman; eating apples and honey during Rosh Hashana (the Jewish New Year) signify a sweet year. Certain foods are brought to prominence in the Bible which feature significantly within Jewish cuisine – of these are the Shivat Haminim, Seven Species (the special produce of the land of Israel: figs, dates, grapes, pomegranates, olives, wheat and barley). 


Food plays an important role for Shabbat (Sabbath). Not only is it imperative to eat the best quality produce but also for families to prepare their meals as an opportunity to rest and spend time in the company of loved ones. Abiding with these traditions brings people together around food.


Naomi’s interest in the cuisine develops and leads on to an engagement with the landscape through a more subtle food association, looking at spaces embedded in the foundation of the Holy Land. Accompanying this is her reflection on the Jewish commandment of ‘planting fruit trees in Israel will bring blessing to the people and the Land’ as the people dedicate and root themselves in the complex land. 


Quiet and reflective in tone, Naomi’s photographs offer a personal insight into the lives of individuals and households and point to a wider sense of identity of ‘a land flowing with milk and honey.’


This project has been produced as an artist book, here is a sample of the selected images which were exhibited at The Bargehouse in London.

naomi goddard photography, photography, portrait, still life, documentary, portrait photography, Israel, photographer
naomi goddard photography, photography, portrait, still life, documentary, portrait photography, Israel, photographer
naomi goddard photography, photography, portrait, still life, documentary, portrait photography, Israel, photographer
naomi goddard photography, photography, portrait, still life, documentary, portrait photography, Israel, photographer
naomi goddard photography, photography, portrait, still life, documentary, portrait photography, Israel, photographer