Tempeh or soy bean cake. A very popular vegan protein source in Indonesia. Soy beans cultured and fermented with fungus rhizopus oligosporus which later helps in making the beans into cake form. Traditionally, tempeh is sold wrapped with banana leaf which also imparts its leafy aroma.
Here several chunks of the tempeh are styled with shallots and salam bay leaves, among props of traditional kitchen utensils. A wooden window shutter is placed in front of the tempeh; making an impression of peeking into the kitchen.
A dinner scene photographed with the focus emphasised on the wine. This was all executed by myself, starting from the scene styling, to cooking and styling the dishes, to the actual photography and editing. This also included the "talent" used in the scene, to emphasised a feel of multiple people at the dining table. Hence I have named this image "Dining with Myself".
Bees play such an important part in our ecosystem and I love going to visit the local hives. The bees achieve so much working together and are an example of what we too as humans could achieve when working as a team. Here the HumBugs look quite a home in the scene with the striped bodies buzzing around the honeypot. The wings were made by reshaping paperclips and the 'bees' were held in place with wire that was later edited out.
My photographic journey started 4 years ago as an anorexic sufferer and changed my fear of food into inspiration. Now I embrace the art of food and enjoy creating scenes that the viewer can enjoy.
And now, to celebrate being part of the collection, I am off to fetch the humbugs and will enjoy a few while appreciating the great work that busy bees do each day.
Not sure what started my love for Negronis, but I think I had a predestined attraction.
You see, Campari has been a liquor that has been a staple of my family’s household since I can remember. My mom was a woman of very specific likes and dislikes, and Campari on the rocks was her drink.
I have this memory of my dad asking her what she would like to drink and she would always reply “Just a little Campari on ice” (if you have a Mexican friend, you know everything is referred as "little” in a term of endearment: tamalito, sopita, vasito…)
The deep red color was always mesmerizing, but when I was of drinking age and tried it for the first time I could not understand why she would drink that!
I guess it’s true that with age comes wisdom, because now I absolutely love it. I’m still not as hardcore as my mom to drink it just on the rocks, but in good company of Gin and Vermouth to make what many have called the “perfect cocktail”: The Negroni.
About the image
I had been thinking about playing with light painting for a while and how it would look integrated with some food element, I decided to use the Campari bottle because I imagined the glass would give great reflections and highlights in color, and because red is my favorite color.
When designing this image, I needed to feature storytelling and contrast. The hands represent sharing and socialising, the drink adds context and pops of colour come from the linen and basil. There's also a very subtle dappled light effect for added interest.