November 15

Hi, friends. As promised, here is a selection of today's photos. You can view the full set here.

See you tomorrow.


Astrid said...

Fun! I think I might do the same one day. Just for fun :-)

Shannalee Mallon said...

I like that you did this. Also, PS, I've been meaning to tell you that I'm loving your month-long series. You manage to still write thoughtfully, even while writing every day. It's inspiring.

Gemma said...

I'd be curious to hear what you thought/felt having taken these photos yesterday? I put some food photos on Instagram but they end up there for a variety of reasons - sometimes it's a dish that I know certain people will appreciate, or a particularly good looking plate of food, or there's something slightly comedic about it... I wonder how many people would even want to share absolutely everything they eat in a day.

Jess said...

Astrid - Have at it!

I really appreciate that, Shanna. Thank you. That's been the real goal of this month for me - not just slapping something together every day, but actually making something that feels like I have, indeed, made something, however small.

koshercamembert said...

Love the pictures and getting a slice (hehe) of your day. But what I really want to know is where did you get those socks? - Gayle

Jess said...

Whoops, Gemma, we were posting at the same time.

I didn't say anything about the experience here because when I articulated some of my ideas about food and photography yesterday, the post was met with relative silence. I assumed folks just weren't interested in discussing this stuff. But since you asked (and I'm grateful you did):

I didn't love it. At times, I didn't even like it. The project, at its core, was a documenting project, and as I said in my first post yesterday, using my camera primarily as a documenting device isn't really my cup of tea. Rather, I like using my camera to make things. Things that I and other people want to look at, whatever the reason may be. So, I did my best to reimagine the project by challenging myself to do just that with every shot. To be clear, that didn't mean staging shots to make things look pretty, but figuring out - through framing, by considering the light at hand, stuff like that - how to create a photograph that, to paraphrase what I said yesterday, somehow matched what I was feeling and thereby heightened my awareness of that feeling and carried that awareness out into the world.

There are a few photographs where I think I succeeded - or came close to succeeding - in some of that, and it was a pleasure to make and share them. But what's interesting, I guess, is that the pleasure wasn't at all from sharing the food, but from sharing something I'd made (meaning the photograph, not the food) that meant something to me. The photographs that I was most pleased with yesterday were the ones taken earlier in the day, with plenty of natural light - the ideal situation for any camera, and a mobile phone camera in particular. Putting together some of the photographs later in the day just felt like a drag.

By the way, yes to what you say about some food photographs having value for their comedic effect. In fact, that's why I like the pizza image, up there. It was just so... SPLAT on our table after a long, long day. Not a beautiful shot at all, but successful, in my mind, nonetheless.

Jess said...

Huh, Gayle, your comment got stuck somehow in the moderating folder and I only just saw it. Apologies. I got the socks on clearance at the Gap a few weeks ago.

koshercamembert said...

Thanks for the sock info. It was very important to me.

By the way, I'm glad that you did write more in the comments about food and photography. I love hearing your thoughts - you have such a great knack to putting words to ideas.

Gemma said...

I read your reply when you posted it on Friday but am only getting a chance to reply now so I just wanted to say, firstly, thank you for writing such a considered response to my questions.

It's fascinating to find out why people choose to photograph what they do and I find that watching friends who are photographers makes me approach how I see things differently - seeing where they pause, the light that has stopped them, or a small detail that they have caught in something I see every day.

I also appreciate what you say about using your camera to make things rather than as a documentary tool. This absolutely comes across in your photographs and I think this approach to photography is at the heart of many of the blogs I love - Molly's is obviously the first that springs to mind.

In terms of instagram, I find myself getting bored by people who use it to document every aspect of their lives but I do like it when people mix in some elements of the every day (or even the absurd) with their more considered shots so, yes, your pizza shot falls into this category perfectly!

Jess said...

Thanks, Gayle.

Gemma - I'm with you about Instagram. I like a mix, too. Thanks again for prompting this conversation and for participating so generously here.