In July I started a new photographic series I’m calling “The Kitchens Project”. I’ll be photographing in Maine bakeries and restaurant kitchens. My “ins” thus far have been friends who own or work in kitchens. I started the project by photographing Zu Bakery [link|photos] in South Freeport, which is run by Barak Olins, former chef/owner of the original Cafe Uffa. I’ve also photographed The West End Deli [info|photos] on Spring Street in Portland (thanks to my friend Abby and others there).
Next up is likely Bresca at 111 Middle Street in Portland. It’s the former site of Marty’s Luncheonette, a restaurant owned by my great aunt and uncle, Mary and Marty.
Why kitchens, restaurants and bakeries? Well, a few reasons:
1) I love cooking and watching cooking shows. Not just instructional cooking shows, but history and science of food. Shows like Gordon Ramsay’s BBC shows Kitchen Nightmares and The F-Word, Jamie Oliver’s shows, anything with Anthony Bourdain and Alton Brown, you name it, they just fascinate me.
2) The maternal side of my family (being Italian) has a history with food, beverage and restaurants in Portland. I’ve begun compiling what I can from that history; photos, newspaper articles, etc. [link].
I have hopes for photographing other locations in the coming months and this work will most likely be my entry for the annual Maine College of Art staff exhibition.
Portland Psst! – A roundup of other Portland/Maine/New England blogs that can’t be missed.
Bandol – A blog by the former chef/owner of Bandol who is opening a new restaurant in the former home of Uffa called Evangeline
Rabelais Books – A bookstore dedicated to cookbooks, and in Portland no less!! They have some amazing books, one-of-a-kind, 300 year old, the publisher doesn’t have a copy kind of books. Oh yeah, and a blog too.
Portland Food Map – “This site is a directory of all restaurants, bars, groceries, and other food related resources in Portland, Maine plus a few noteworthy places in the extended local area.”