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Kitchen and Camera

Early last week a wonderful opportunity was thrown my way. Prior to my (now ended) studies I spent a significant amount of time in Paris; it was there that I became friends with a hugely talented chef, Sam White. Four years later I discovered that he was working in the French Embassy kitchen, catering for a number of reputable guests. A gold gilded door presented itself to me, half open.

On Tuesday I peered through the door; now I want to pass through it.

The Head Chef and his team appear keen to collaborate on further experimental shoots. The focus is movement on the plate, chopping board and dish. This is a fresh and exciting project for me and one I have already embraced with open arms – and mind. How do you breathe actual life into the inanimate, into a still life image?

To better convey this intended movement the Head Chef placed in front of me his favourite book, a collection of works by Salvador Dali. After a brief fit of panic and cognitive fright, composure was fully restored and strangely enlightened. I was shown Nature Morte Vivante, or Living Still Life. I am particularly appreciative of this extraordinary example for it has provided us, already, with the necessary conceptual foundations to begin our project. The very notion that the inanimate can be animated enthuses and excites.

All that is required of us is to pour, drop, drip and click – and of course, sweat some.

The following shots were taken over an afternoon and comprise the reasonably restrained explorative stages of the venture. After the reportage…

The patisserie chef finishing off his dishes

Pears aplenty I do apologise, but I only caught them at the end of lunch service. I'd definitely like to do more of this though.

A scoop of liquorice ice cream is still to be placed but I missed that one!

The head chef and a particular attention to detail, I am sure

And now the shoot. You must forgive for me for two reasons: I am awaiting the names of the dishes and the backdrop and reflectors certainly need refining.

With various tweaks, the pouring idea can be worked well

Without the spoon, swirling and pouring may very well be worth the pursuit

I am keen to get some props in the mix


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The Weekender

Happy, very happy indeed.

I consider this my first ‘proper’ magazine cutting. The Weekender is a Kent focused freemium that looks at lifestyle, food and culture. This is the first issue, and I certainly hope it continues to develop. I love this work.

These pages are ‘rough’ and haven’t yet incorporated print-ready photos, but you get the gist.

I must also thank two very important people, for without their expertise and guidance, I just wouldn’t have had the experience necessary to shoot a piece like this. So many thanks Xenia and Edward!

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The Weekender

This was a great day. Sun, sea, sand and super food were all for the taking and taken.

Accompanying a journo, I arrived in Broadstairs on the east Kent coast. Our first objective was to hit Osteria Posillipo. While Dan and his dictaphone set to work, I set about shooting this lovely little Italian restaurant perched on a hill overlooking the beach. Linguine Posillipo was their signature dish, so we ordered two, a pitcher of white wine and a fine sea view.

After the feast and thank yous, I snapped my way along the main coastal path up towards another reputable Italian establishment. Morelli’s Gelato is a wondrous time machine and ice cream parlour. Knickerblocker glories and antiquated 30s decor reign supreme and the smiling staff are all rather sweet.

The photos were commissioned for a magazine piece.

I hope to do something similar very soon!

Viking Bay

One of Posillipo's founders

The 'special' Linguine Posillipo

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The Persian palate

This has been our largest supper club to date; perhaps even our most successful.

Thirteen came to dine with us and what an evening it was. The machine ran smooth, without jitters. Xenia excelled herself yet again, Ed was a delight as always, and Amelia, well, her cake making and sweet baking polished off the soiree perfectly.

We also had some special guests. Food and Travel magazine came to visit and left with smiles aplenty.

Welcome again to Ed & Xenia’s Supper club, and enjoy ‘The Persian Palate’

Edward and Xenia

Introspective Amelia

Happy days

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