The things that make you go hmmmm
As part of our home work for BYW bootcamp we have a list of topics about which we can write this week; number one was the easy one as I could post a recipe. Done that! However all the other ones were slightly more out of my comfort zone so I had to think which one I wanted to choose. Truth be told, all topics on that list are worth exploring so it doesn’t really matter so I’d just thought to go with number one; what inspires you and why? In short; the things that make you go hmmmm.
Have you ever thought about that question? What is it that inspires you? In life, in work, in play? Being a very visual person I get a lot of inspiration from photographers I admire. A long long time ago (or it feels like a long time ago) I came into contact with a foodstylist; Oliver Knight. He makes some amazing things and I was introduced to him by someone I met at a networking meeting. We talked and decided to do some free work and so we did. How little did I know at the time! I had done virtually no food photography at all, was doing product photography and weddings at the time mostly.
I felt a little embarrassed really but still, we had a fun day and overall I think I learned a lot about how a food stylist worked. I had also just started this blog (it was my third post on JC!!) so I even wrote about it… Four and a half years ago! Anyway, what I really wanted was to follow along in the footsteps of an established food photographer but if you’ve tried that yourself, you may know that it is not so easy to find someone comfortable enough to actually say yes to that. More over, if you don’t know anyone in the industry it is virtually impossible to find someone willing to have you tag along for a day. Ollie got me in the door at Remko Kraaijeveld’s studio, am amazing place and I had an incredible learning experience that one day. I learned more in that day then I ever did going to photography school, believe it or not.
I think I can safely say that since that day I have grown quite a bit in my photography. I’ve always checked from time to time (long live social media!!) on the new work that Remko has done and if you have not heard of him before, you should really check out his work. As this small sample above shows you, it is worth it. He has worked with some of the (really) big names in the culinary world, has traveled places and is – to put it short- ; one of the photographers I greatly admire and draw some of my inspiration from. Maybe also because he was one of the first ‘real’ food photographers I came into contact with.
Ofcourse it is not only food photographers and stylists that inspire me, it is so much more! A short overview;
Masterchef Australia; is that dorky? I just LOVE that show and it inspires me to no end to try out new recipes, new techniques, find out more about ingredients etc.
Cookbooks and cooking magazines; I have an ridiculous amount of cookbooks. So much so that they are slowly distributing themselves throughout the entire house. You will find cookbooks in the following rooms; kitchen, bathroom, living room, bedroom (stacks!!), studio, hallway… I just love browsing through them, getting inspiration, looking at the gorgeous photos or – sometimes – looking at the photos and thinking I could have done a better job…
Markets around the world; one of the first things I always do when visiting a new country is find out where the markets are. It’s just always the best introduction to a experience a new culture. Sight, sound and smell!
And ofcourse there are the endless variety of wonderful food blogs out there that inspire me on a daily basis. There are too many to name but take a look at my blogroll (on top under my fav’s) and you’ll see a few of my favorite finds there.