Shards of stacked chocolate stand like a kind of edible skyscraper. From atop the structure, molten ganache oozes tantalisingly down. There's a playfulness about the shot (see final image) – like something dreamed up by Willy Wonka but with an air of luxury that appeals to adult tastes. In fact, all is not as it seems in this picture by food photographer Sid Ali. "I captured several shots of the glorious ganache you see dripping flawlessly at perfect lengths on each side, each documenting a different pour," he explains. He then created a composite of the multiple images in post-production.
Sid, who started out professionally six years ago, has fast developed a reputation for creating food imagery with personality. Whether for Marks & Spencer, Deliveroo or KFC, his pictures always offer something beyond your typical still life. "Every food photographer finds, develops and nurtures their own unique approach, but the common goal is to make food look delicious," he says. "For me, it's about constantly evolving and finding new and innovative ways of photographing food."
Here, Sid talks us through some of the current trends he's embracing.