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 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.
ITEM FOUR: Chopsticks. At the cost of $1.39 for a pack of ten from the grocery store in Albuquerque’s Wells Park neighborhood, it is hard to find a more versatile reusable utensil in a food photographer’s bag for the buck than the bamboo chopstick. For propping, stirring, poking, moving and occasionally even eating with, they are almost as valuable as a role of paper towels in the studio. Today, they are paired with a red chile dusted fried egg I got from a local chicken I know.
ITEM THREE: The Noodle Bowl. On the stretch of Central Avenue, between Albuquerque’s Old Town and New, I found tucked on a low shelf of St. Joseph’s Thrift Store this simple noodle bowl. Noodles with miso, bok choy and seaweed fitted into the bowl and photographed under the New Mexican sun on a stuccoed wall right by the photography studio. It is classic, low-key bowl, that will accent a variety of foods.
It was nine years ago in Albuquerque, New Mexico where I covered the one year anniversary of the war in Iraq for a local paper. I don’t think that any of the Woman in Black that had been standing in silent vigil downtown every Thursday for the year thought that this war would go on for so long or cost America so much.