I hope that my project inspires others to explore cultures they’re not familiar with. To try new foods from those who truly know it, and to listen to the stories of individuals different from themselves.
This project has changed me as a person, because it ignited a storytelling fire in me. I can’t merely make an image anymore; I have to find the story behind it. Great images tell a story. If I had to give advice to anyone pursuing a photography project, it would be to look for the story. Ask that person you’re photographing who they really are, learn the history of the mountain range you are framing, get the story behind everything.
My FUJIFILM X-T3 is my new ride-or-die camera. It’s incredibly sharp, incredibly light, and I’ve never felt more inspired by a piece of equipment before. It’s me, my X-T3 and my XF80mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro lens against the world now. This project couldn’t have happened without this camera.
I hope to continue this project soon. There are many more chefs with stories to tell about their culture, and I hope to enable them to tell those stories with my camera.