On a recent arrival home from some time away, one of the first things I noticed was an arrangement of decorative seasonal gourds on the dining room table. Miss Z was following in my footsteps, discovering the joys of the local market and had brought home a colourful harvest for the family to share. Each one is unique and riotous in its markings, much like our tribe, and worthy of joining the painterly edits that I have been amassing over the last few years.
This particular edit brought to mind a post about the etiquette of food photography where the ongoing conversations in the comments had led to much reflection on how I wound up with so many shots of ordinary fruit and veg in my own archives.
Twenty odd years ago as my son and I were zooming up a street, I saw a kid outside of his garage selling large canvases of close-ups of the most magnificent mangoes and plums, odd veg and seafood in the most brilliant colours and rendered in an energetic impressionist style. It was just that flash of something extraordinary that made me pull up the car and go and have a look – I should have bought them right then and there, but could ill afford it and so I went to visit his other works in a few cafes and a gallery, later looked for his stuff online, googled them years after and always regretted not having deprived myself of something else to have been able to look upon that luscious fruit every day.
It marked me in much the same way that Wayne Thiebaud had an influence on how I see the ordinary. It is that driving need to tell the story of the very basic stuff of life, the things that go unnoticed, the colours and shapes we ignore in the busyness of it all – that is what keeps me taking food photos. Photography is all about the way we transform what we see so that we can give others a glimpse and get them thinking, remembering, wondering, engaging and even taking part in keeping the creative process dynamic.
So yes, I do take pictures of my food: I can revel in them at will, remember exactly what I was thinking or doing, ascribe circumstance or tradition, have them stand out as markers in that timeline of life. They are mine… and now they are yours.
we rush and run
the rain a wolf
chasing scared rabbits
back into warm burrows
Get going to the entries of the Weekly Photo Challenge: On the Move.
of fresh Spinach
of toasted sesame bagel
of the world
Get a view from above in the entries of the Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top.
Man makes of monuments
a testament to ingenuity
Visit the imposing in the entries of the Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument.
thrown like matchsticks upon the beach
in nature large is a matter of perspective
Take a step back to see the entries of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Large Subjects.
when knowledge stares us in the face every day
and events conspire,
they bring about the most fortuitous double posts
Saunter over to the entries in
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Walk 100 Steps or less and take new photos
and then build up to the entries in
Where’s my backpack?’s Travel Theme: Wood
why are we so scared
to paint our walls
when nature decorates
Get up close to the entries in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Found in Nature.
the king and queen of condiments
in robes plain or fancy
are always within reach
Get your hands on the entries in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Man Made Items.
the gallery within a gallery
Concentrate on the entries in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Preoccupied.
I made the bed
you sleep in it
Find something to smile about in the entries of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Happy.
this is what happens
when the professor and Miss Z go to town
… we now have tea for every occasion
The more the merrier in the entries of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: More than 5 Items.
her brilliance makes me laugh…
and I bet that beer she’s holding isn’t bad either
Get the message from the entries of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Numbers or Letters.
Store-bought just doesn’t cut it
when compared to the fruit of summer
Everything’s in triplicate in the entries of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Three.
we are two of a kind
different in taste
but so much better together
Double up on the entries of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Two.
of all fruit singular
one is blessed in its multiplicity
See the unique in the entries of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: One.
is wind me up
and let me go
to see how far
these wheels will take me
Go round and round in the entries of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Wheels.
we are as the sand
tiny among the infinite
but in the end
we are the raven
in endless flight
Dig into the entries of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sand and Dirt.
with horse and rider long vanished, this sleigh still calls
for the snow of moonlit nights
Artisans of the world unite in the entries of
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Statues, Carvings, Sculptures.
who has been sleeping in my bed?
evidently, this one is just right…
See who else has been caught red-handed in the entries of
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Candid Shots
what once were saved
for a rainy day
a spot of change
to round things out
are now tins of empty currency
doorstops and treasure
when all else has turned to dust
Feast your eyes on all manner of autumnal colours in the entries of
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The Color Brown and Sepia Tones
no longer do you serve
you started out in life with
You are infinitely more beautiful now
Linger in the lush and lovely range of entries in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Soft Pastels.
Across the Bored was diagnosed as myopic quite early in life – not because we were unable or unwilling to act prudently or exhibited that nasty trait of lacking tolerance and understanding but rather in the opthalmological sense – we were a small, curious child with the distinct inability to see distant objects clearly. Anyone who wore glasses in school in the 1960s clearly remembers the agony of choosing one of four available frame shapes in either black or brown and the horror of knowing the coke bottle lenses placed therein would bring taunts, cruel rhymes or worse. Like most things, we suffered through it and to this day are still plagued by less than perfect vision.
Some recommend laser surgery which seems like a fate worse than death due to the underlying fear of having needles and sharp scalpels placed anywhere in the vicinity of our eyes. So we stick to a regular prescription for just being able to get about, reading glasses for computer work and contact lens for vanity’s sake. All those people you notice taking their glasses off in the grocery store to read the fine print on the label? We are now one of them…
An odd realization struck recently, that being nearsighted had coloured the way we view the world – that we tend to see the beauty of things up close, focusing on the small details and often breaking down the larger picture into components that stand alone on their own merit. Across the Bored has written previously of the multitude of photographers and artists to be found on EyeEm – a fast scroll through our own gallery proved that indeed there were quite a few close-ups of our favourite subjects, including the one below.
Photo notes: iPhone 5 native camera, snapseed, camera awesome, glazed, and distressed fx
It was selected to appear in NEM Painterly – Featured Art 6 curated by MaryJane Sarvis – NEM, the New ERA Museum, “takes shape mainly to spread the concept of pristine Art, affordable and available to everyone by potentially forging new artists to new techniques of digital mobile processing.” What a thrill to be included among this group of talented and groundbreaking photographers.
If you would like to see more in our gallery, click on the EyEm icon in the sidebar. The bounty of autumn’s harvest only begins…
clematis’ dream of immortality
See the other side of the entries in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: White and Purple.
in another life we could be minimalists
Focus on the entries in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: White.
Give me green fields in which to rest my weary head
let me run tired fingers along soft leaves and stems
inhale deeply of nature’s breath
and rise once again renewed
Take your pick from a rainbow of entries in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: All One Color.
blue are the dog days of summer
See how the most popular colour fares in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Blue and Yellow.
described by the clerk as “easy-drinking”
These two challenges seemed to pair up nicely!
See more entries at A Word in your Ear’s Word a Week Challenge – Decadent
and Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Liquid.