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My Photographic Love Affair with the Tomato

Updated on October 9, 2012

At first my tomatoes were just black and white:

It seems like I have had a love affair with the tomato my entire life. I took my first picture of a tomato when I was 18 with a borrowed SLR Nikon camera. You can see an edited version of that photo to the left. I used black and white film (yes, this photo was taken a LONG time ago!) because my friend could develop it cheaply. I told everyone else that I preferred the artistry of black and white images. I was such an "artsy-fartsy" snob, wasn't I?

Over the past few years I have used a Panasonic Video Camera and an iPhone to capture images of this photogenic food in various surroundings and activities. All I know is, I am addicted to the tomato as a subject.

One of my very first online articles was devoted to "How to Make the Best Tomato and Cheese Sandwich." That page was naturally followed with an article describing "My First Garden" where I grew tomatoes in containers and in a raised bed.

That page sprouted into "Shh, Secret Potting Mix Formula for Growing Great Tomatoes". Then, shame on me, I wrote another page about how the tomato was banned in Rome. Yes, my beloved tomato was banned as being too "sexy" a long time ago.

Recently, Earth Fare Supermarkets sponsored a "Take Your Tomato" contest asking patrons to send in photographs of tomatoes. I submitted the "Newsworthy Tomato" picture below. (I did not make the final cut, btw). During the process of looking through my photos, I discovered that I had a ton of tomato images. "Why?" I thought to myself. That is when I realized my long-standing attraction to this delicious "fruit".

All images belong to Mickie_G. I really doubt anyone else would claim them!

Links to the articles mentioned above can be found at the bottom of the page. You can see more of my tomato pages to the right of this page where it says "Explore Related Pages". Thanks for looking.

The Original Tomato that started the "affair" in 1969!

The Original Tomato that started the "affair" in 1969!
The Original Tomato that started the "affair" in 1969!

My Mother taught me to love a fresh tomato:

My fondest childhood memory is one of my mother and me sitting on the small back porch of our apartment in San Antonio. It was summer and we had just bought some fresh, ripe tomatoes. We took a tomato each and a salt shaker to the very small, square cement porch and ate those tomatoes raw and salted! I have loved summer tomatoes ever since. I guess that is why I want to grow my own today.

The image here is of me standing by my small vegetable garden. Don't touch my tomatoes! The effect was achieved with

I have also used the Instagram App on my iPhone to get similar effects.

Cool Old Tomato!

Cool Old Tomato!
Cool Old Tomato!

I Love an Apple almost as much as a tomato: - My writing and editing machine!

I have a basic MacBook Pro 13 inch laptop. I did not purchase any extra software and use the basic iPhoto that came loaded on it. I have used several free, online photo editing sites. Currently, I prefer

Hot Old Tomato!

Hot Old Tomato!
Hot Old Tomato!

Current Tomato Pictures By Mickie_G:

A tomato of a different color: Purple Polarized

A tomato of a different color: Purple Polarized
A tomato of a different color: Purple Polarized

Information about the Purple Tomato:

A green tomato was the original model for the image above. It is a Brandywine tomato that was knocked off its vine in a thunderstorm. I rescued it along with about 30 more of its siblings. That event led to the creation of my "Green Tomato Recipes" page. I used HP Image Zone software to polarize the original color image.

Newsworthy Tomato by Mickie_G

Newsworthy Tomato by Mickie_G
Newsworthy Tomato by Mickie_G

information about Newsworthy Tomato:

This tomato was a sibling of the green and purple tomato you saw above. Instead of ending up in a casserole or sauce, I wrapped it in newsprint to let it ripen to a fine old age. I loved the meaty look of this tomato as it rested in the aqua blues of the newsprint ads. This tomato made a great sandwich.

How to Make The Best Tomato and Cheese Sandwich
Nothin' says SUMMER better than a homegrown tomato! The BEST way to eat that tomato is to sit on the back porch steps with a salt shaker and chow down. My Mo...

My Small Vegetable Garden
My small garden has proven to be a real learning experience! Yes, a raised bed garden makes growing vegetables and plants easier, but nothing ever really goe...

Shh, Secret Potting Mix Formula for Growing Great Tomatoes
I have found a plan for growing great tomatoes in pots! I hope my harvest will be better than in past summers. The potting soil I used in past container gar...

The Tomato~Banned in Rome
"A tomato moniker that originated in the 16th century when tomatoes from North Africa were known in Italy as pomo dei Mori, "apples of the Moors.&q...

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Even if you do not adore tomatoes as much as I, please leave a message. Thank you in advance.

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    • EbooksFreeWeekl1 profile image

      EbooksFreeWeekl1 5 years ago

      I do. Love tomatoes. It was interesting when I learned of a large variety of tomatoes some short while ago. Interesting lens!

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      suzy-t 5 years ago

      I'm a big fan of the tomato. You have certainly shown them in a different light. Beautiful pictures...Blessed.

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      kburns421 lm 5 years ago

      I love tomatoes also, so I get it! Plus, I have been known to give photo shoots to foods and drinks that I love. The black and white photo is interesting, a whole new take on tomatoes.

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      nicks44 5 years ago

      This in my humble opinion is weird to tell you the truth, but very cool at the same time :) You make it look like something else!

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      There is nothing like a fresh, summer tomato. We used to eat tomato sandwitches as kids. Great photos.

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      Mormill1980 5 years ago

      Black and white photo is top draw

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      @mysweetjane lm: Thank you.

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      mysweetjane lm 5 years ago

      beautiful black and white photo

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      I love tomatoes too. Have dome growing in the garden right now. Nice to have a photo subject that is always cooperative.

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      thememorybooksh1 5 years ago

      Good Lens.