Understated Strawberry

strawberry with powdered sugarStrawberry in a blizzard of powdered sugar from yesterday’s shoot.

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Green Chile Pecan Waffles

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Another day, another waffle.  From last week’s shoot  — Green chile pecan waffles.

The Donut Burger

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Behold – The Donut Burger. The apex of American burgermakery, the Donut Burger is a beef patty sandwiched between two glazed donuts with a slice of American cheese. Available with bacon to push the calorie count north of 1000, or the New Mexican variation with green chile, The Donut Burger is just one of the foods I am exploring this week at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.

ITEM THIRTY: The Column

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ITEM THIRTY: The Column. The final dish of this New Dish Project is a fitting conclusion to this project and a great tool when you want to elevate some food in a dramatic way. This project has been a chance to explore and shoot in the diverse environment of Old Town Albuquerque, New Mexico, with its unending textures and beautiful, natural light. It has been a chance to spend some time collecting and shooting new dishes, but moreover, thinking and writing about the tools of food photography. And it has been a chance to meet my new neighbors and show the kind of work that can be produced out of this new studio. It has also established a baseline for a new normal. A month into being here, Old Town regulars now hardly give a second look when I walk by with a camera, a miniature column and a fist full of dried herring.

ITEM TWENTY NINE: The Bamboo Cutting Board

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ITEM TWENTY NINE: The Bamboo Cutting Board. Is it fair to say I’m a convert? No, but I can speak at length of the benefits of a bamboo cutting board. Though again, I am a food photographer, not a cook, so I am still on the lookout for a well-used hardwood cutting board or ten to shoot on, but the first addition to the New Dish Collection is the clean, light bamboo version that cost all of $7.99 new. Stacks of radish stuffed paratha look great on it here in the Old Town Plaza, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

ITEM TWENTY EIGHT: The Cut-away Bowl

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ITEM TWENTY EIGHT: The Cut-away Bowl. Perfection with noodles is an event, not a process. It occurs irregularly, and here just shy of a mile high in Old Town Albuquerque, it takes a bit of an adjustment for an expatriate New Yorker. Altitude. Attitude. That said, for a food photograph of noodles, I’m good with this.