ITEM FIVE: The Black Plate

black-plate-clarke-conde

ITEM FIVE: The Black Plate. Just a short 15 mile bike ride north-east of Albuquerque is the Goodwill store on Paseo del Norte, where I found this black plate for $1.99. What has become a staple for food photographers, the black plate frames colorful food, like this guacamole with red chile, green onion and corn tostadas, beautifully. Shot on a bench in Old Town one block from the studio, the black plate is a welcome and necessary addition to the food photography collection here in New Mexico.

Wintery and Warm.

From the casserole shoot yesterday. Wintery and warm.
From the casserole shoot yesterday. Wintery and warm.

Working on a casserole collection project over the next two months for a client.  Perfect for winter.

Boring Political Debate Photos

Debate photos can be fun
Debate photos can be fun

Over the years I have shoot more photos of politicians just sitting there talking than I ever care to remember.  Finding a way to make it fresh is rare.  Yesterday’s shoot of the only debate of the three Rochester mayoral candidates I feel pretty good about.

Animal Photography

George “The Animal” Steele
When Animals Attack

Most of the animals I get to photograph are cooked, but when a zine editor asked me to photograph him with George “The Animal” Steele I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see a 76 year-old wrestler attack a zine editor in a suburban bookstore.

 

Heatwave Chocolate

chocolate, with pistachio and ginger
chocolate, with pistachio and ginger

The heatwave in Rochester last week rendered my studio the melting point of chocolate; a problem not often encountered as a food photographer in Rochester.   Better shooting today.