The Kenzo Estate Winery was founded by Kenzo Tsujimoto over twenty years ago on the slopes of Mt. George in the Napa Valley, California. Laura and I were honored to be the guests of Kenzo Estate’s general manager Michael Terrien, who generously showed us around the entire winemaking facility, including the magnificent man-made caves that are carved into the hillside just a few steps away from the vineyards and tasting room.
This 2010 calendar consists of photographs of everyday objects. The images focus on finding and creating graphic patterns with objects and light. The subjects relate to the Cleveland Clinic’s wellness programs. Anne Drago, art director and graphic designer at The Cleveland Clinic brought this concept and several of the subject suggestions to me. We then proceeded to develop those concepts and others into this unique piece of photographic art.
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In this first year of recovery from the great recession we have done some fabulous work for a number of incredible clients! Additionally, this is the year that I began teaching photography again, since ‘retiring’ from that profession in 1985.
Thank you, all… 2011 promises to be a great year for art and learning.
Our garden flourishes- herbs, lettuces, tomatoes, kale, spinach, and arugula. I truly did not know, when we began this backyard project a couple of years ago, that there would be so much bounty and pleasure garnered from the small plot.
“To me, pictures are like blintzes- ya gotta get them while they’re hot.” – Weegee
Happy Fourth of July!
“You have a lifetime to learn technique. But I can teach you what is more important than technique, how to see; learn that and all you have to do afterwards is press the shutter.” – Garry Winogrand
Stepping into the West Side Market is entering into a world that was, from it’s beginning almost 100 years ago, designed for the shopper to feast on the foods of sight, sound, and smell. I will be visiting often during the next year to photograph for the new book by Laura Taxel and Marilou Suszko that will celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of The Market.
Congratulations to Chef Jonathon Sawyer and all at The Greenhouse Tavern for being named Cleveland’s Best New Restaurant by Cleveland Magazine! This award is especially heartwarming, not only because of the fabulous locally sourced food that GHT serves up every day and the incredible ambiance of the tavern, but because the place is Ohio’s first certified green restaurant.
We had a great time recently photographing Jonathon’s food for the cover and the tavern for the inside spread for the Silver Spoon issue of CM. This is so timely, since I just posted about Jonathon and the accolades from Food and Wine Magazine last week.
Additional congrats to Jennifer Kessen, art director, and Cleveland Magazine on their first redesign in almost ten years. Looks awesome!
“If the photographer is interested in the people in front of his lens, and if he is compassionate, it’s already a lot. The instrument is not the camera but the photographer.” – Eve Arnold
“…the pepper is beginning to show signs of strain, and tonight should grace a salad. It has been suggested that I am a cannibal to eat my models. (referring to his famous photo “Pepper #30″)” – Edward Weston
“Let the Subject generate its own Composition” second of ‘Three Canons’ by Minor White
Cleveland Magazine’s annual Silver Spoons Awards is always an exciting event. The magazine’s editors gather their readers opinions and always surprise us with the year’s winners. This current issue was no exception. I personally was not surprised, since I got to photograph both the winning food and the winning chef/owner for Best New Restaurant- Marlin Kaplin’s Luxe Kitchen & Lounge! Photographing Marlin was a lot of fun… especially since we could not reveal the exact purpose of the session- he guessed, I’m certain. And the scallops (cover shot) were not only divine looking, but so awesome to eat (afterwards)! It was like Sunday brunch (on Monday). If you haven’t gotten over to Gordon Square, you must- Luxe Kitchen & Lounge, quite worthy winner of this year’s Silver Spoon Award- Best New Restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio.
This time of year has been tense for Iron Chef Michael Symon. He’s been in the running for the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef, Great Lakes Region for several years running. Congratulations, Mike- he’s done it. James Beard Award winner, 2009. “I really can’t even begin to put into words the absolute thrill it was to win a James Beard Award. To win something that is voted on by your peers is absolutely one of the greatest honors I have received as a chef”, says Michael.
We have to agree that we are all winners when it comes to the culinary choices in Cleveland, Ohio. In the past year we’ve seen several other extraordinary restaurants open- Zack Bruell’s L’Albaros Brasserie + Bar, Kurt Steeber’s Boulevard Blue (new owner), Pete Joyce’sBistro on Lincoln Park, and Jonathan Sawyer’s Greenhouse Tavern.
And a reminder- all photographs on the blog, unless otherwise noted- ©Barney Taxel, 2009.