I’m starting a project within a project. So you know I’ve been doing my behind-the-scenes project, photographing at different restaurants, kitchens, bakeries, and etc. Well I decided to concentrate on a single subject for the next round, DOUGH! More specifically yeasty dough.
Back in February 2010, I started a blog featuring other food photographers. I was tired of reading the same old questions. Questions about cameras, f-stops, pixels, settings…etc. I wanted to read about the photographer’s thoughts and process. What a photographer was thinking about when she/he took an image. So I started Great Food Photos and immediately emailed all my favorite photographers. Though the blog has been its own thing for 9+ years, I decided to combine it with this blog and so here we are.
I’ve been pretty lucky for the past 9+ years. I was able to connect with many of my photography heroes and was surprised by how open they were with me.
You can check out all the interviews below! Also be sure to subscribe to my blog for any future interviews. Thanks!
WOW! I was not expecting to find awesome barbeque in western Massachusetts but I did! More on that later but yeah, I’m still dreaming about the brisket.
We finally took our MASS MoCA trip at the end of April. It’s been on my to-go list for quite a while and I definitely needed the time off from NYC. I love Mass MoCA, it’s 200,000 square feet of art and barely a soul around. Maybe because we went on a Monday? It just felt like we were alone…and was free to roam the entire museum.
My favorites were James Turrell’s Perfectly Clear and all of Sol LeWitt. I have seen Sol LeWitt at Dia: Beacon but not at this scale. We were treated to 3 whole floors of his work and it was just amazing.
Ahhhhhhhhh………A-OK Berkshire Barbeque. Another reason to love MASS MoCA, great barbeque. A-OK sits at one of the entrances to the museum. It’s a tiny shack but you can bring your food into the brewery across the driveway. I was super looking forward to this meal, not just for the meat, but also the bread. The owner bakes her own baguette and I strongly recommend getting one. It was crispy, crusty, and soft. Oh the brisket ($13 for half a pound) was amazing. Flavorful, soft, and peppery. It’s up there next to Hometown BBQ as one of my favorites. Another great bite was the mac n’cheese! I ended up dipping the baguette into the cheese. YUM!
We stayed at Tourists for two nights and really loved it. It was beautiful, cool, and quiet. My favorite part was napping on the window nook daybed after a long drive on our first day. The check-in/out and common space were lovely as well.
Although the food was a hit and miss. We ordered a pizza, salad, potatoes with miso aioli, and a pasta on our first night. The salad was kind of weird and we ended up not eating it. The potatoes were great and the pasta (red sauce with 'nduja and ramps) was fine. The pizza…hmm….I wanted to like it. The crust was nice but there was too much cheese and a little too salty.
But dinner on our second night was great. We had the cheeseburger (delicious), crispy chicken over a bed of barley (it was some time of grain) risotto, and a beet and fennel salad.
For breakfast we shared a rye waffle (SO GOOD!) with sweet ricotta, maple syrup, and sour cherry compote on the side.
On our way home we stopped at The Clark Art Institute. You can get a combo ticket that gets you into both MASS MoCA and The Clark for $6 less. We didn’t spend too much time at The Clark but we definitely want to come back later in the year to see their Ida O’Keefe exhibition and to hike up to Stone Hill (right behind The Clark).
As always I waited till the last…very last day to write a blog. I need to change.
I’m sure y’all are pretty tired of hearing “spark joy” by now but I do find it useful. I have moved beyond using the phrase to help me tidy up my apartment though. I’m now using it with my social media life, my photography, and the things I consume..
Does fried chicken spark joy? The answer is always yes.
So last week while I was on the elliptical (so I can eat more fried chicken), I was listening to the Taste Podcast with Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis from Bestia and Bavel as guests. Do you also listen to podcasts while working out? Anyways, at one point during the interview Genevieve Gergis said she had quit Instagram. Very much like me, she found herself checking Instagram in the morning. Literally the first thing she did every morning. She said looking at Instagram is like consuming empty calories. It didn’t give her anything in return so she deleted the app. I didn’t go as far as deleting the app but I am trying to look at it less. It does not spark joy for me anymore. I realized earlier that I need the likes. I would post images and tag them so that I would get likes. I couldn’t do it anymore. I wanted to enjoy Instagram for the reason it was created. The same reason why posting on flickr was fun back in the day. I want to share my ideas, my vision, and what I find to be beautiful just for the pure joy of it. No more adding 20…50 hashtags.
Why don’t y’all give me a follow? https://www.instagram.com/donny_tsang/
You know what’s been really sparking joy for me? Making pizza. I’ll save that topic for the March entry.