still life

12 Apr

Our daily bread…

By Silver Blue

…basket.

Some of the best shots I’ve ever taken weren’t staged. They simply came to me, in a flash, such as this empty bread basket at a luncheon where I was attempting to amuse myself while the speaker was engaged in discourse on a topic I couldn’t follow. These are the shots that nourish not only my body, but my mind as well.

Sometimes, repetitive patterns catch my eye (the OH! Something Shiny! syndrome). While I tend to eschew photographing plated lunches because they’re so cookie cutter, there are times it’s been what captured my interest. Take yet another plated lunch and you’ll get…

I’m serious here. Who takes photos of someone eating, of a mostly empty plate, and of a fork going back in for more? That would be… me.

Finally… a photo that warms my heart. Taken in 2006, my mom and dad.talk about nourishing the soul.

Still in love after almost 44 years. I love you both.

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Silver Blue… who today found so much truth in the saying “I used to think I could never lose someone if I photographed them enough. In fact, my pictures show me how much I’ve lost.” – Nan Goldin

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14 Mar

Come taste life….

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Still life, that is. From an event on campus this evening, the ruins of the pan of bacon wrapped scallops.

There’s just something about this photo that I really enjoy. Heaven knows it wasn’t the food! Still, at least the limes were cut decoratively and had their peels also decorated.

Silver Blue, who knows that being able to mass produce food does not a real “Chef” make. (I wonder if the scallops were bought pre-prepared….)

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11 Jul

Give us this day…

By Silver Blue

….our daily bread.

No, silly, not prayer bread. Tasty bread. Nourishing bread. Yeasty bread. The kind of bread that comes in a bread basket.

Being bored at a lecture can set the eyes wandering, which can be a good thing if you’ve access to a camera.

Silver Blue, reminding you that life’s a buffet. Take only what you plan on finishing, however. If in doubt, sample, but don’t overload your plate.

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12 Jun

But is it art?

By Silver Blue

When I had my kitchen renovated in 2009 (thanks to Mom and Dad), I was left with a very tough decision. What to use to keep the walls from being blank and bare. It shouldn’t have been that big of an issue, just find some prints I liked and put them on the wall, right? After all, isn’t that what everyone else (who doesn’t USE a kitchen) does? Somehow, cookie-cutter wasn’t going to cut it for me. (One of the photos contains a word that is NSFW, but it was on a retail package.)

A suggestion was made that since I like photographing the food I make, to use it. You know, it made sense. That way, I could rotate the photos as I saw fit, and it would be things that meant something to me on display. So, I went for it. (Each photo is signed “Silver Blue” and dated with the year it was taken.)

The original backsplash, featured lacquered scallops, a still-life of a bread basket, and three different types of soups (Soup à la Crécy (a carrot based soup), Spicy Sweet Potato Soup, and a Cranberry Wild Rice Soup).

The second iteration had a close up of the Chef Cherished Teddy (wearing his “Kiss the Cook” apron), Boiled Custard, and the Still Life.

I then acquired hyper-caffeinated coffee (thanks to the housemate, Sandi, who vacationed in New Orleans), and the middle picture was removed and replaced with:

The coffee came in Censored and Non-Censored Packaging. Of course, may as well have a photo of the Wannabe Gourmet in his kitchen, yes?

The wall by the stove became:

Displaying the Strawberry Mousse Chocolat, Pavlovas, London Broil with Mushroom Risotto and veggies, and a Spicy Beef and Broccoli soup with garlic Crostini.

The photos have been rotated as well, with the inclusion of me, offering coffee:

(taken on my late Grandmother’s porch, the day of her funeral) — and this photo came down when the hyper-caffeinated coffee photo went on display. It was replaced with:

An artistic take on an out-of-focus shot made with my Blackberry at “Perfectly Franks” (hot dog and hamburger place) in the University Village on the campus where I work. There was something about the way this photo came together in this surreal sort of way…cartoon? Pen drawing? I liked it, and it went up. Of course, things are meant to be changed so…

The current wall. Notice how the boiled custard returned, the Pavlova disappeared, and the Chorizo pasta (from yesterday’s post) are now featured. (When do I decide to change? Well, honestly, when my local photo developer has a sale on 8x10s. LOL)

Finally, I had some dead space above the doorway. Nothing wrong with empty wallspace, but…it seemed to be asking for something. Something big. Something tasty.

So, I acquiesced with a giant picture of “the perfect burger” (which you’ll find over on The Wannabe Gourmet). I’ve yet to find another photo that works as well as that one, however. (I’ll do a feature on the renovation of the kitchen at a later date.)

Silver Blue, who answers the subject with “Art is in the eye of the beholder.”

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