I wish I would have more time to cook and experiment with food photography. Preparing food is therapy and leisure at the same time for me. It grounds me, inspires and – of course – nurtures me. The parallels of my style of cooking and my style of photography are more than apparent. I love simplicity, clean lines and more than anything else: truth. In addition, a great dish should always have a little element of surprise – as should a great photograph.
Between Christmas and New Years last December, I took some time off to re-charge my batteries and do what I love most: Cook and shoot. The Dekalb Farmers Market on E Ponce de Leon Avenue in Atlanta is one of these terrible “must-stop-and-spend-money” locations, one of my favorite place to quench my cosmopolitan culinary thirst, the ultimate spot for these rare foodie-finds that inspire both my culinary and artistic aspirations. Yes – I know – you can find and buy almost everything online, but to go physically shopping for groceries is an essential part of “cooking” for me. I had my mouth messed up for black lentils (beluga lentils) for quite a while. They are ultimately healthy, have delicate skins, possess a peppery taste and make a fantastic salad. Sweet memories of Southern Mediterranean Europe, the Levant come up in my mind when I think about this salad. I was right, the Dekalb Farmers Market – Bingo! I had found them.
I paired this succulent Beluga Lentil Salad with fresh Lowcountry Shrimp, Sashimi Style. Just add some lemon juice, salt and pepper. You literally start smelling the Mediterranean Sea…
This photograph was taken with my Linhof Kardan Master Large Format Camera and the Schneider Makro Symmar. It is a beautiful thing.