12 August, 2017
Food photography workshop and Yoga retreat in Kerala, India
Imagine rain outside, a hot cup of filter coffee and a bunch of foodies together. Now add an idyllic setting with traditional architecture, excellent service and oh-so delicious food. I recently spent a few days at the Kumarakom luxury resort in god’s own country, Kerala, India.
I have always loved light airy photographs, until I came across the photographs of Rakhee Yadav, in her most beautiful blog ‘Box of spice’. The more I spent time gawking at them, I knew, this is what I would love to learn. Imagine my excitement when I found out that she was organising a workshop and Yoga retreat the same time I was visiting India.
The resort was out of a fairy tale setting. It was of little surprise to see the photographs of Prince Charles celebrating his 65th birthday there. Built with teak wood, the villas were actually 16th century homesteads from Kerala, transported to the resort and then reassembled. Exquisite carvings adorning each wall. A meandering pool running around the villas, open air shower, coconut trees swaying in the breeze bordering the Vembanad lake, second largest in India.
The day started with yoga by the lake. We practised Pranayama, settled ourselves into Vrikshasana, paid obeisance to the founding sage of Yoga, Patanjali.
Rakhee @boxofspice and Aimee @Twiggstudio discussed the basics of camera settings. I admired their patience as they did not stop until each and every questions had been answered. Post lunch we were given to style some action shots. ‘Sifting flour’, ‘Pouring milk’, we giggled like teenagers.
The next few days we made notes, new friends, as we styled curries or ingredients. Human element in shots were practised, as we modelled our hands for each other and learned how to tackle social media.
The memories will be there for a long time, the friendships made even longer. It was a pleasure to know you guys, Shareen Arora, Hetty Lavrijsen, Marie-Gon , David and Jacienta.