Spanish-born Aiala Hernando is far more than simply a photographer.
After studying fine art, specializing in art direction, Hernando worked as a creative director and editor before breaking out on her own to pursue a career in photography.
Today, she creates vivid images for publications including Monocle, Vogue, and Condé Nast Traveler; counts high-end brands like Coach, Perrier Jouët, and Starwood Hotels among her clientele; and also conducts food-styling and photography workshops.
With a portfolio predominantly composed of food, still life, and travel photographs, her style is reminiscent of the Flemish or Baroque painters of old such as Caravaggio, with their rich, lustrous tones, and yet sometimes dark, almost foreboding, drama.
‘Having studied fine arts, and having made paintings a lot before taking photographs has definitely influenced me a lot,’ she explains. ‘For me, a photograph is the same as a painting.’
The subject closest to her heart though, is food.
Based in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, Aiala originally hails from San Sebastián, in northern Spain – a mecca of culinary avant-garde and one of the best gastronomic destinations in the world.
Recently, she’s forayed this love for the subject into a new passion of hers: film directing.
‘I have always had a keen eye for everything related to art. And food is art. Both parts of my work came together and merged to become what you can see.’
She just finished a film, slated to be released soon, about Chef Albert Adrià and his cuisine — a project she’s “very excited about,” she says.
In her own words, she dubs herself a ‘food pornographer’ – it’s easy to see why!
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