Making food and culture happen in California

Since my last post giving an update, I finally finished editing the pictures that I made in California.  I split my time documenting my nephews and family, exploring, camping, and making food culture photographs.  


Follow the kids.

As I went to different shops, two night food festivals, and some shops in Little Saigon, I made a lot of portraits!  Two of the festivals that I went to was the 626 night market and the Ktown night market & OC block party.

Dreaming through the Noise

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.

That said....

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.