Here are my thoughts and ramblings about my life as an artist. Whatever endeavor I take on, the creative process is a unique journey to discover wondrous hidden treasures bubbling my soul. Each painting, each photograph has its own challenges. The learning process and evolution is a continuous journey, but one that brings me much joy.
The explorations of creativity are fascinating and fulfilling. I hope you enjoy and find inspiration of your own.
Thursday, April 9, 2015
A new and different project
I was asked by personal chef, Barbara Bridgewater, www.feastofnh.com, of Bradford to shoot
photos to update her website. Many of you heard me mention how I love watching
the cooking shows on TV, but I’m a fussy eater and don’t like to cook. Meeting
Barbara was a great opportunity to learn more about cooking and food.
Yesterday I did my first stint at photographing food. I’ve
heard about spraying food with something to make it look more vibrant and
pleasing in photos. My mind struggles with that as I’m a photographer who works
hard to make a photo look real and Barbara is a chef who promotes healthy
eating. (The spraying of a chemical to make the food look better just doesn’t sit
so well with me… of course, I could be wrong.)
We had an enjoyable couple of hours. I got to
taste-test, too, which added to the enjoyment, and she provided take-home
containers giving me a delicious meal for later. I never eat asparagus because
I didn’t think I liked it, but she made it look so good, I decided to try it.
It was yummy and I will be eating asparagus again.
The first round photos came out OK; not great, but
passable. This is a learning experience for both of us. We both have ideas on
how to do better. I got up this morning with my mind overrunning with
suggestions and I couldn’t wait to get to the computer to email her. We are
inspiring each other. Hey, I’m willing to work for food! We’ll need to work out
details so we are both satisfied.
What’s interesting about Barbara is she’s a
vegetarian, her husband prefers meat, and they have relatives who require
special diets. This means she has the expertise to create tasty meals to fit any
client’s tastes and requirements. Also, her prices are reasonable and she is
planning to offer delivery in the local areas. She does all the grocery
shopping, prep work cooking, and she provides directions on heating and storing
leftovers. Imagine having your meals cooked and delivered!
I’m excited about this direction. I totally believe
that we all have something we are good at and it’s great when a barter-type
system can be worked out. In this case, I can take photos and help with writing
a blog/articles and I’ll make a little money and get some delicious meals in
return. What’s also good about this type of work is that it isn’t something
that requires specific times, so we work on the project when opportunity or
timing allows or as needed.