Soul Food

There are very few things in the world that are readily available and generously soul satisfying as food. A rainy day, a hot cup of tea and if you are Indian by birth, then perhaps a plate of bajjis and pakoras. There is a reason why there is such a thing as comfort food. It can stir up memories and fill you up with the warmth of the moment that penetrates your very core. But who says comfort food should be associated with just wet weather, summer can be comforting too. The feeling of fresh fruits and vegetables, traversing your gullet and cooling down your system as the mercury rises outside, is just as surreal. For a few weeks in July and August, while school is out, I had my nephews with me. From fresh cherries to shortbread cookies to pies and crumbles, we found a way to incorporate as much fresh fruit as we possibly could into everything we could possibly eat. I love summer for just that reason, its time to be out in the sun, scour farmers markets for fresh produce and gorge on some of the best fruit the country has to offer and not be a closeted gourmand. Now as the winds turn cooler, I still have some fond memories to look back at.

As a photographer, food gives me plenty of subjects of to photograph and the means to combine the two things I love the most – photography and cooking. I am evolving, atleast I hope I am, as a food photographer – I am still at the very beginning of the learning curve on this one, but it definitely isn’t something I will stop doing once I’ve mastered it. The very idea that I can get 10 different compositions just from changing the background is eye-opening to me. Do enjoy my bouts of gluttony, hope I leave you hungry!

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Soul Food