Ravenscliffe Gateway Centre asked me to take photographs for inclusion in a recipe book which was designed and published by participants on a course called Cook and Speak.
The idea was as simple as it was exciting. Participants met in small groups to share and cook recipes, told stories about food and gained a food hygiene qualification. Each participant contributed a recipe and the story that made it important to them. In the process, they gained a deeper understanding and appreciation of each other and strong friendships were forged.
No recipe book is complete without pictures but food photography is a challenging specialised subject area, so I put myself on a crash course to learn some of the tricks! In the event, rather than take the pictures myself, I worked with participants to enable them to do it themselves. This approach worked out really well and we finished each kitchen session with participants working the camera, controlling the lighting and artfully arranging food to make it look good enough to eat!
Everyone got creatively involved in this project, solving problems together and the result is something that we are all very proud of.