1 July, 2013
Ra-ain in Spa-ain
That was Miss Eliza Doolittle, the flower girl; with her very heavy Cockney accent in George Bernard Shaw’s play “Pygmalion”. It was beautifully portrayed by Audrey Hepburn in the Hollywood film “My Fair Lady”. All was well until Eliza meets Henry Higgins, the Professor of Phonetics…..
Fast forward to June 2013, I was very lucky to be able to participate in a Food Styling and Photography Workshop held in Sevilla, Spain by Beatrice Peltre, author, photographer, & food stylist of “La Tartine Gourmande”, and Marta Munez-Calero. Passionate photographers, food lovers and bloggers joined them from near and far. We came not only from Andalucia and Australia, but also Malmo and Michigan, Istanbul and India, California and Canada, the list goes on. The one thing that bonded us all together was an intense desire to learn more, to hone our skills, and to see how the experts performed.
The workshop ran for four days with a very specific itinerary. Our time was divided between learning the basics of the camera, styling and photographing different dishes, and hands–on exercises with feedback sessions. It also included a visit to the local vegetable and fish market, a winery and of course an exploration of the Tapas culture.
It was hard to believe that the four days ended so soon and it was time to say good bye. The end of the workshop, heralded the beginning of new friendships. Hello Sabrina (Inside my bag), Alexandra (Strudel and cream), Bahar, Stephanie (Bread and water blog), Peta (food Matters), Teki, Kumud, Michelle, Seema, Nikki, Anna (Gastroadikta). The one word to sum up the whole experience would be “Amazing”. The high standard of instruction was coupled with attention to details. Thank you Bea and Marta.
I am a changed person now. I ‘tell’ the camera, what to do. I ‘see’ noise. I can ‘eat’ food with my eyes, so to speak.
Oh, what happened to Miss Eliza Doolittle you wonder? “Rain in Spain stays mainly in the Plains”, she said.