It’s November here. The days are cold and long blue shadows are cast over everything. I know I am fickle and say this about lots of months but I think November might be one of the most beautiful. It is so stark and unapologetic. And as this blog comes up on it’s two-year birthday I am reflective on what it is.
This comes up based on a conversation with D the other day. We were sitting drinking coffee on one our recent amazing early morning dates about the ideas floating around our head. One of the ones that has been bothering me is figuring out what interests me about writing this blog. It is an ongoing question, based on a tension I feel within the world of online food, travel, and culture writing. There is a lot of aesthetically beautiful work being crafted by the food bloggers of the world (many of whom are photographers or designers as seen here, here, and here) and there is good writing about where food comes from and it’s politics (like this). And there is also what feels like a million of these projects. And certainly I am not interested in having less of these important and beautiful additions to a conversation about what feeds us but I am grappling with what feels fascinating with this piece called Picture and Plate.
So as I stretch and reach to explore how to write and illustrate what a story about food, place, and the people’s stories that surround it look like I’d like your help and advice. I’d like to know how, what and when we feed each other and why that feels interesting. What it means to be nourished in all sorts of ways. How to look at the heavy air that hangs sometimes around the table. And what it feels like to come together around food, which organizes so much of our lives. I am interested in this aesthetically in a way that doesn’t only aim to portray an aim of lived perfection and I’ll be delving into this more as I am able to articulate on it more clearly. So as you are out there, if it occurs to you, get in touch, share what sparks your interest with the hope that telling a more complete story allows for more ways for all us to be in this thing together.