DECONSTRUCTED

Photography by Jennifer Davick, Creative Direction James Dundilson 
Scallop Crudo With Tangerines and Radishes Scallop Crudo With Tangerines and Radishes

 

Braised Black Garlic Short Ribs, Forest Mushrooms and Black Rice Braised Black Garlic Short Ribs, Forest Mushrooms and Black RiceRosemary Custard, Labneh and Blackberry Blood Orange Syrup With Candied FennelRosemary Custard, Labneh and Blackberry Blood Orange Syrup With Candied Fennel

DEVOURED

ShutterStock invited me to participate in OffSet’s Devoured, an event to discuss and share the world of food photography. They asked if I could come up with an idea for an installation and I began to think about what devoured means, but most importantly what it means to devour and the memory which is only what remains.

 

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The concept  of how tables “speak”. After a dinner party the evidence is there to tell the story of what is gone, over, finished. wine spills, bones, stains… @diegosenior drew this for me as I explained my vision to him.

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I began to pay attention to the leftover plates on a regular wednesday afternoon and found beauty in all these shapes and the creative process began,,,

 


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I thought about a menu that had beauftiul left overs.. a nice rack of bones, beet stains, oily dressing, crusty bread. Off course props are such a fundamental part of a table. Table ware in a sense is the “dress” for the evening- the elements set the tone.

 

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Cartagena de Indias

 

Cartagena is a hunting place, filled with history, glamour and Caribbean spices. I had the honor to work on the re-edition of Teresita Roman’s epic cookbook Cartagena de Indias en la Olla, and then write about my experience on Diners magazine. Quentin Bacon amazing light and sensibility for beautiful food made this project a true pleasure.

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“Platanitos en Tentacion” this is a scrumptious concoction of sweet, sweet plantains–where the skin is almost completely black- braised in Cola Roman, Teresita’s family own Cola. Spiced with Cinnamon, and cloves, this recipe is a classic.



Platanitos en TentaciónSome street food bits made it into the book. Here, Carimañolas take the stage- yucca and farmers cheese dough filled with cheese and ground beef, a spoon full of suero

a local creme fraiche and cold beer

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Toasted coconut bites, macaroons and french butter cookies are just a few on Teresita’s list of confections.  I found the enamel platter hidden in the back of her china closet, stocked with Bavaria and English porcelain.

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In the Making…

 

Getting together with some of the most talented artists to collaborate is simply sublime. The brilliant photographer Jeniffer Davick and Art DirectorJames Dundilson and I got together on a sunny wintery sunday to make believe.

 

THE PROCESS

Scorching oranges with sugar to pull that bitter depth… I had a “Smoky Negroni” in a tiny bar the other night with a burnt slice of orange floating on the surface I I had to…

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THE INSPIRATION

Erwin Olaf’s “Waiting” most recent show at Hasted Kraeutler Art Gallery. The moody deep feeling of his photographs and the thought of this woman waiting at a table gave the scene such sentiment.

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THE PROCESS

Scorching oranges with sugar to pull that bitter depth… I had a “Smoky Negroni” in a tiny bar the other night with a burnt slice of orange floating on the surface I had to…


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THE PROPS

The beauty of objects, textures and materials which bring it all together

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