ITEM TWENTY FIVE: The Blue Rimmed Glass


ITEM TWENTY FIVE: The Blue Rimmed Glass. To mark the beginning of summer, I filled my new blue rimmed glass with one of my summertime favorites, the Arnold Palmer and Jack, and headed into Old Town Albuquerque. Just off the crowded plaza I found this red bench for this photograph and quickly shot the cocktail as tourists milled about. As I walked back to the studio, the band in the gazebo lit into a spirited version of a Chuck Berry song in Spanish that was the perfect accompaniment for a beverage that is also made better by blending classic elements in unexpected ways.

ITEM TWENTY: Blue Glass Cup


ITEM TWENTY: Blue Glass Cup. As a guest on the podcast of the Self Employed Happy Hour this morning, where I talked about the New Dish Project and the process of putting together a new food photography studio in Old Town Albuquerque, New Mexico, I was given this blue glass cup filled with a mimosa. Without getting into the numerous merits of blue glass, or the old world geography of traditional east-west touch points along the bowl-cup-glass shape continuum, let me just say thanks to Peri for the cup, the mimosa and for having me on the show.

ITEM SIXTEEN: The Tulip Glass


ITEM SIXTEEN: The Tulip Glass. Among beer aficionados and barkeeps of a certain ilk, there is much debate about glassware. While the durable shaker pint glass is still favored by barkeeps that prefer not to constantly buy new glasses to replace the broken ones, the tulip glass is preferred by many who would rather have a glass that accentuates the taste and aroma of the beer. I am not a picky man, but given the choice (and the glass) I’ll take the tulip. Seen here is my new tulip glass from New Mexico’s own Tractor Brewing Company, photographed promptly after today’s noontime sleet storm right outside my Old Town food photography studio.

ITEM SIX: The Coupe Glass

coupe-glassITEM SIX: The Coupe Glass. Sprung from the fabled history of Ancien Régime France, the Coupe Glass made it though the revolution, though its shape model famously did not. The Coupe is a staple for beverage photographers. Sadly, I recently heard a revolting story of the specific demised of the coupe glasses I left in New York, but fortunately I found a new set for 99 cents here in New Mexico. C’est la vie. Vodka, tonic and thick slice of orange photographed in the plaza in Old Town Albuquerque.

ITEM TWO: The Lowball Glass


ITEM TWO: The Lowball Glass. For a quarter from the estate sale down the street comes my new lowball glass. With its heavy base, two fingers of Protestant whiskey, and the year and initials that lends itself to a fictional story, it is the perfect addition to the studio’s now two-item collection.