playing with your food, again?

August 14, 2017  •  2 Comments

Talking with friends recently, the subject of harvest season in New Mexico arose.  It almost always means one thing - the smell of roasting green chile.  I did not grow any this year, and have yet to procure some, but you will soon see photographs, no dobut, in this blog.  Since I have been in the garden, picking assorted lettuce from the raised bed every other day, and once a week, picking basil for pesto, the world of vegetables has been part of my subconscious as well as my photography.

I plant a variety of lettuce, both for different flavors and textures, and there are usually volunteers from past years that pop up.  Very generous of them!

from the gardenfrom the garden


Fresh squeezed orange juice is always a treat.  At a May brunch, Cristina brought orange juice she had hand-squeezed.  Being the filmmaker and artist that she is, she suggested we do a setup with the juice and the woven napkins we were using.  

fresh squeezed juicefresh squeezed juice


And thinking again about chile, my mind turned to the whole of New World foods, of which the Nightshade family (chile and other peppers, potatoes, and tomatoes) are part, I decided to title these two photographs "New World Order 1 and 2".  The backdrop for these is Fred's Rug # 261, woven of 100% Navajo-Churro wool in the style of Navajo Chief's blanket, Phase II.  The first features Anasazi beans and red chile powder.

New World order 1New World order 1


A potato, tomatoes, and 'Cañoncito' Landrace pepper, grown in Dixon, New Mexico comprise the shot below.

New World order 2New World order 2


All the photographs were shot with a Nikon D5200, with natural light from south and north facing windows in the first two shots, and east, south, and a bit of western light in the second two images.

until next Monday,


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Steve Immel(non-registered)
I continue to be impressed by the way you set up your still lifes. Fred's handsome rugs are the perfect backdrop for these food shots. This is a very Japanese series; precise, simple and elegant. That's particularly true of image three of the Anasazi beans and chile powder.

If only we could photograph the smell of the roasting Hatch chiles in front of Albertson's.
Wayne Gesterfield(non-registered)
Wonderful setups, colors, textures, and shapes.

I miss the smell of roasted chiles.
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