Until now, I didn't know that seaweed has been foraged and eaten on the coasts of Scotland for generations. I've never visited Scotland before, and the country remains somewhat like a beautiful fairy land to me, which is infused with landscape images from The Game of Thrones (yes, I love the show even though I wonder about the attraction of its violent content -- sorry I'm side tracked here). So, opening the box that arrived from T Magazine full of fresh seaweed foraged in Scotland was a sweet treat. I breathed in the ocean smell, and went, ooh, ahh. You can see the article here in T Magazine. Smoked Dulce seaweed is probably not meant to be eaten with a bowl of rice, but I'm a Japanese person so I couldn't help the temptation. After the shoot, the remaining seaweed was happily eaten by my 4 year old son (last picture) and myself.
The most vivid thing I saw during this shoot was the thick, black, prickly, bristly hair coming out of the pig’s foot. The crab was still alive when we photographed him and he sat still for us holding a mound of wet seaweed on top of his head. The sense of guilt is always present when I do food shoots like this, knowing that unfortunately we might have to toss them after the shoot even though we try hard not to waste anything. At the same time, I'm amazed by how amazing and incredible these ingredients look and probably taste when chefs do their magic. I don’t really know what I’m trying to say here. Maybe I need to thank those quiet ingredients for the pictures.
Thanks to Carter Love from T for sharing his enthusiasm, and to our stylist Carin Scheve for preparing such amazing ingredients. We had really great time creating these sculptural images in a studio full of complex aroma and colors.
Shot for NYtimes Style Guide, you can read the story here.
It was a great pleasure to visit Hudson Valley and breathe in the fresh air and the complex fragrant smells from the very special fermentation jars Jori Emde was creating. The story is here in T Magazine.
I recently had the great opportunity to go to Vienna on a travel assignment from DuJour Magazine and the Vienna Tourism Board. Here are some more pictures as well as the lovely travel story by Lindsay Silberman.
I am so excited to share the news. The printing of I Used To Be You is finally finished and they look great! I was very fortunate to be able to go to Italy and work with the printers there. It was my first time seeing how litho printing is done. The sound of the large Heidelberg machines and the smell of ink was an amazing new experience for me! Here are some pics and video from the printing press.
Big thanks goes to Nicola, Olga, Nicolo and everyone at Pocko Edition and to each and every person who supported the book through kickstarter.
If you are a parent who has a child who fights to sleep, (well, probably all parents with small children) this is a book to recommend. I have a Japanese version of the book, and my 3 years old fell asleep on the first night within 10 minutes—a groundbreaking record. But, he is a smart boy and never wants to go to sleep. Now, when I try to read it to him he tells me, that the book is no good. He knows I fall asleep first instead of him. I was hoping that this shoot would be Ozzie’s big chance to break into the modeling business, but he was so excited to see a bed at the studio that all he wanted to do was jump up and down on it. If anyone needs a model to jump up and down on beds, he would be perfect. I had the foresight to have a backup model luckily. Thank you so much Francis, and his mom Jana. Photographed for New York Times Magazine.
Photographing for Questlove’s book, Something to Food About, was lots of fun. It was challenging, but the experience gave me a plenty of food for thought. This book features conversations with 10 great chefs, and Questlove delves into how they see the world through the culinary arts, and various other life lessons they have gleaned through cooking. I hope to share more pictures from the book when I finally finish updating my site. During the project, I was introduced to many new and interesting ingredients and discuss full of colours, aroma and textures. People asked me if I got to eat the wonderful meals. Yes, bits and bits, but often I couldn’t focus on the taste too well since I was so caught up in trying to capture the ingredients and food visually in limited time. As for the most memorable dish throughout the project? I think it was a homemade comforting bowl of tofu dish, the chef, Daniel Patterson cooked for us at his house. It was just really casual and hearty, and it was exactly what I needed after shooting punk rock baby chickens, foraged flowers and blue eggs on empty stomach. I want to mention we were very lucky to have the wonderful Jeanette Abbink, designs the book who reminded me how important good design is. Lastly, thanks for Pavla Burgetova Callegari at Savage, and Marla Ulrich at Unthinkable Productions, for throwing such an incredible event showcasing some of the pictures from the book. I am sorry that I’m a week late in posting about the event here. The pictures can be seen by appointment for a few more weeks at Savage, so please check it out if you are in New York. You can read more about the book here! And, you can contact Savage for a viewing here!
This is an outtake from a shoot for Frame Magazine of Alex Mustonen and Daniel Arsham from their collaborative art/architecture project, Snarkitecture. Daniel was already wearing the white lab coat which they use when working with plaster. The coat looked great, and made me think of the seamstresses in the film, Dior and I (a great film by the way), wearing very similar coats. They are great uniforms. On a completely different note, there was a gigantic hole in the wall on Daniel Arsham’s side of the studio, it looked incredible. For some reason I couldn’t keep my eye’s off of it. It looked like a huge meteorite hit the studio.
I’m happy to be sharing this new editorial here. MORE Magazine has been commissioning me since last September for their series called 2nd Act. I have since come to love shooting for this section of the magazine. The women I photograph here always have a positive sense of having overcome something, and made it through to the other side. And it has been a great pleasure to work with Natasha Lunn and her team. She is like a real world super woman from a super person planet (She doesn’t wear those superhero tights and the boots, but maybe she should). What I’m really trying to say is that I admire her, and yes, she is amazing. Here are my two favorites from 2nd Act so far.
Happy New Year!