ITEM TWENTY TWO: The Rough Painted Bowl. Sometimes it helps to have a bowl that is a little rough around the edges. With a little chip or scrape, it looks like it has a bit of experience. Sometimes I want to convey that experience, like with this rough painted bowl with the rice and pickled carrots within shot here in Old Town Albuquerque where everything seems to have a little chip or scrape earned through the experience of over 300 years. One thing that my experience as a food photographer taught me is that you can easily line up your pickled carrots in a neat row if you use a toothpick. Come on, don’t be a toothpick hater.
ITEM TWENTY ONE: The Bubbles Plate. Two lifetimes ago now, there was a restaurant in Albuquerque’s Nob Hill neighborhood called Café Bubbles that had me shoot my first restaurant ad, hosted my art shows, gave my toddling daughter free reign over the place and served their food on these blue plates. This is one of the few remaining plates, given to me by my friend and former restaurateur, Mary. Like Mary says, everything looks great on it. Especially orange things.
It is almost warm enough to shoot food outside here on the still frozen North Coast of America (almost). I took a chance and shot this Moroccan Carrot Bisque outside on the red slate this morning (just before it started raining).
I’ve been working with Chief Lindsay Steinberg to photograph the soups she creates weekly for the members of the Green Zebra Club. This week it is Moroccan Carrot Bisque. Very nice.