Dear Vienna Teng, I just used a song lyric of yours.
I haven't posted a blog entry here for close to two weeks. I was in California baby sitting my awesome nephew, Vincent, and exploring the area. Check out the photography story on my Exposure. I could have written another "How did I shoot this" entry but figured the previous three entries are a good summation of the technical process. A lot of the rest is conceptual and personal aesthetic.
So as I was spending my time in California doing the uncle responsibilities, I did cook, explore the food and coffee areas, and thought further about being this food and culture photographer. Speaking of coffee, I found two really great coffee shops in SoCal- Cafeito Organico and Portola Coffee Lab in Costa Mesa! Finally! I ran out of my coffee that I brought from home, my bag of Rwanda beans from ReAnimator Coffee. Being a strict vegetarian from 5th grade till I was about 29, I had to really sit down with myself and think about this. Can I be a vegetarian and still appreciate food and food culture? Not everyone is a vegetarian or meatatarian. How can I document everything if I keep myself closed to the vast world of gastronomy? So while I am not going full on meatatarian, I need to develop some appreciation of it.
I had a messy, but, delicious crab and clam roast!
I hope you enjoyed the food photographs and some of the food culture I ate across. haha ate across instead of walked across! Get it? For more of the culture go to my Exposure post: Dreaming the Californian Dream.