It’s been just over a week since returning home from the First We Eat workshop with Eva Kosmas Flores, Carey Nershi and Linda Lomelino. I am more inspired, even now when the post-holiday-dust has settled.
Yesterday I went trawling antique stores to find a wooden table & chair to set up a more versatile studio space in my home. A cosy corner I’ve used for the past 3 years has served me so well, but it’s set up (Ikea kitchen island) requires I shoot mostly on backdrops and relatively smaller scenes. The new table and chairs, placed next to my favourite window, has given me a beautiful little nook to shoot with both side and back lighting options. I am in love with it and can’t wait to create more recipes and practice here.
As mostly a hobby photographer / blogger, I have never developed a specific style, having tried out everything from light and bright to dark and moody. I’ve amassed a prop collection varying from vintage to ultra modern and everything in between. My problem is that, I love it all. A fresh, crisp image with beautiful warm light speaks to me as much as a dark and mysterious scene. I have always known that to progress, grow and build a brand, consistency is key, but up until now I haven’t thought about it, favouring taking photos however I want, whenever I want. This has been an incredible learning curve and I have enjoyed learning how different images are composed and the various elements that make a beautiful image.
That being said, I think I am ready to start a new chapter in my photography and strip it back to what speaks to my soul. If I had to pick just one of the most inspiring people to me, I would have to say Hans Blomquist, who is funnily enough, an interior designer actually. His styling, his colours, his scenes, pretty much his everything, light a spark in me every time I see his work. I have all of his books and pore through them on a daily basis. I want to draw what inspires me from his work and fuse that with my passion for food photography and styling. I don’t know how it’s going to go, but I am excited for the journey that is ahead.
I’ve gone slightly off topic, so I will get back to the business of this workshop. The second half was (of course) as wonderful as the first, except the inevitable sad goodbyes. I am sure we will all stay in touch and I absolutely can’t wait to see how people unfold after they go back into the world.
I hope you enjoy the photos.
Anisa Sabet – The Macadames. xx