I did not start out as a photographer. We had a mandatory photography course in eighth grade and somehow I managed to squeeze out an A. The next summer I signed up for a community class, but the instructor chose me for a model, and I failed to learn the technicalities of manual film shooting and developing. If I had a nice portfolio, I would have been satisfied, but I left the class more confused then when I entered.
Our parents outfitted a small room upstairs to be a photo lab and my sister and brother spent hours in there developing negatives, playing, experimenting, distorting, and beautifying. I have a lot of pictures featuring me in different sizes and shapes as the only revenge available to them at the time.
I embraced the automatic “idiot” camera and resigned my photographic interest to the role of a tourist and an eternal amateur, until I started my blog. All of a sudden, my artistic abilities emerged from their hidden spot and I wanted to learn as much as I could. I took a class at the local community college, diligently finishing all the tasks and homework on time, submitting the photos before deadline, and managing to earn praises and positive critiques from the professor and my fellow students. Do not ask how many crying sessions I went through on my way home as I doubted my creativity and my “eye”.
I don’t aim to become a professional, but as a perfectionist, I have to aim for the highest levels of my abilities. I do not stress anymore and I do not try to explain why I am photographing any/everything edible (and inedible) several times a day. I enjoy taking pictures. I really enjoy taking pictures.
My friend Susan from The Well Seasoned Cook started showcasing black and white photos featuring food and culture every Wednesday. She has encouraged me from early on and I look to her as a mentor. Her photography is amazing and her writing always inspiring. I am sending this photo for her Black and White Wednesday event, hoping that I can learn as much as I can from her and the other contributors.
Please, visit her blog to see the beautiful creations of my fellow food bloggers.