Left Over

Left Over

In the kitchen, when I am preparing a meal, things can be hectic. It often seems that a whirlwind is tearing through, pushing everything in its path. There is no time, as the cook, to stop for photography. But after the meal has been eaten, after the guests have gone home and the children are in bed, the kitchen is quiet. Now there is time – to reflect, to focus on the small details left behind by the storm of the day.

Cooking for me always has a beginning, a middle and an end and it is also part of a continuing cycle: every day there are new meals to be planned, prepared and eaten. For many people, the most interesting part of the meal is the eating. For me, sometimes what happens after we eat is just as appealing.

I spend a lot of the time in the kitchen, not all of which is spent cooking. There is the preparation: the washing, the cutting, and the reading of recipes. Sometimes, there is tasting, and always, there is cleaning. When I am preparing a meal, I am focused on the steps I am taking, what comes next; once the meal has ended, my mind can relax and drift. Images catch my eye as I meditate over the meal’s remains.

Images from this portfolio will be on view at the Griffin Museum of Photography's Lafayette City Center Passageway Gallery, 2 Avenue de Lafayette, Boston, MA 02111 (between Macy's and the Hyatt Regency), September 11, 2015- March 30, 2016.