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Magazines and Cookbooks

Magazines and Cookbooks

I love magazines.

 I am more apt to read a magazine rather than a book.  The advertising, the images, the short sweet articles....just love them.  I read a wide variety of magazines from design and cooking to lifestyle and creative.  Since I enjoy browsing the magazine racks when I am out and about, I rarely subscribe to them simply because buying off the rack is instant gratification.  I make sure it is taken safely home - no crinkled or bent pages and will set aside time to page through the issue without distractions.

I love cookbooks.

My love of cookbooks is kind of ironic in that I do not get overly excited about cooking.  I play around with baking recipes periodically and find that enjoyable.  For full-on entree type recipes, I back away and try to recreate the dishes I remember growing up using tried and true recipes.  The cookbook love comes from the gorgeous photography that is found in so many new cookbooks lately that I just can't help myself.  I think cookbooks of the last 5 years certainly speak to "eating with our eyes"!!

So, I got to thinking and reviewing my posts since the "Golden Delicious Epiphany" experience to the present with my photography posts.  I noticed a trend....maybe subconsciously I was trying to live out a dream or goal....allow me to explain....

My images as of late have a lot of "negative space".  I like to think of negative space as the empty area either above or around my subject matter in my images.  My head and heart work closely together when I am taking pictures and I believe I was not only pretending but also preparing to keep striving towards a dream....having my work published in a magazine or cookbook.  If you look through any magazine pay special attention to the full page ads.  Take the typography completely off that page and look at the subject in the image.  I bet you would think that image on it's own without type was OK or maybe MEH....BUT, in order to achieve success with the ad, the brand needs both a gorgeous image AND great verbiage.  Neither should get "lost" in the ad or feel crowded, hard to read or confusing...they simply work together beautifully. 

So with that, I am going to go out on a limb and share something completely different.  It is my hope this will better explain my technique and dream.  

I was working with radishes, garlic, and a red bell pepper today in my photoshoot time.  I did not have a concrete plan but was excited about using different colors and textures.  

This in one of the first images I had taken....  

Notice the negative space at the top?  So did I when I began my post-processing!  But this time, rather than leave the image as is, I decided to make this a "cover"....just some simple type to see if this image could actually contain a title...

Farm To Table Radish.jpg

It looked like it could be a title page for an article perhaps or maybe a magazine cover or...or...I was getting excited and felt I was on to something!  

Forward I went...

Other than I was quite pleased with this image, I imagined it would be the photo for a gardening or cooking article...perhaps an article on the history of this vegetable....

The radishes are an extremely simple example with just a basic title so I wanted to go deeper and started with this....

Maybe this could be used in a cooking magazine article on the "basics" of cooking techniques....

I was having a blast with this although it was apparent that I am not a typographer, I tried again...

or this....

and one more to round it out....

There they are...

my dreams....my goals....my "putting it out there"....

I have this passion, a drive if you will, to keep growing my photography skills and believe all of us should "put it out there".  The competition in the field of photography is super stiff in today's age but who knows...no one will see what you don't share...and no one will be captured by your passion, style, and drive unless you give them a chance see your work!!

 
 

....So here I am...knocking LOUDLY on the door to Internetville...and when the door is answered, I will be standing there with a huge smile on face, hand extended, and sharing my love of photography and the many ways I could contribute to a brand's product, magazine's article, or a chef's new cookbook....

Yes, my name is Joan and I am "putting my CREATIVITY AND PASSION out there"!

YOU SHOULD TOO !!

Have a wonderful week my friends and we will visit again soon!

Joan

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