I’ve been slowly working through images from Nepal and, seeing this shot, I think I may well be ready to eat some mo:mo:s.
We had these little dumplings all over the place and I’m amazed at how consistently they were flavored and how delicious they were. The good news is that we have a Nepalese place here in town, so that’s going to have to happen soon.
This past week, Jared and I served as artists in residence at the Wiregrass Museum of Art, during which we worked on our on-going landscape project, Where You Come From Is Gone, which follows sites of former Native American habitation and removal across Alabama. While we scouted for photographs to make, I grabbed this photo of Jared atop this small mountain of sandstone and kaolin rock located several miles down a dirt road deep in Henry County, Ala. pine forests.
I had the chance to photograph Ashley Christensen again recently when she was the keynote speaker at the Southern Foodways Alliance Winter Symposium where she presented an open, personal talk on her history in the food world, her personal identity, and her approach to being an incredible restaurateur.
An online adaptation of this talk was featured this morning the Food&Wine website and it’s well worth a read, whether you live and work in the food world or not.
Along with this article, you may have seen her in the new recently with her James Beard Foundation nomination for Outstanding Chef.
Chef John Hall, photographed recently for the Southern Foodways Alliance.
John is an incredible chef I’m proud to call a friend, and man am I glad he came back home a few years ago to open Post Office Pies (right in my own neighborhood). I look forward to seeing John help guide the food scene in the southeast for years to come.
The man makes a damn fine pizza.
2018 was a pretty fine year for taking pictures. Looking forward to lots of hard work in 2019.
Above, yet another example of attention to detail at Highlands Bar and Grill, for whom I had the pleasure to make photographs this year.
With Thanksgiving this week, this is a perfect time to be able to share the story of Austin Perine (seen here in a recent shoot for Reader’s Digest).
Austin, aka @presidentaustinshowlove, is a tiny little dude with a tremendous heart. His catch phrase is “don’t forget to show love” and he shows his love by feeding the homeless and raising awareness on their behalf. What started with Austin feeding people here in Birmingham with his allowance has turned into a nationwide campaign.
It’s wonderful to see such compassion and empathy come from such a young man. I’ll take it as a sign of good things to come from his entire generation.
Austin distributing food and drink I’m downtown Birmingham.
Down on Morris Avenue here in Birmingham there’s a delightfully quaint little restaurant called The Essential and it’s the newest spot by Kristen Hall and Victor King.
Delicious. Adorable. Bright. Welcoming. Delicious (again).
I’ll let the photos speak for themselves but do check out the November issue of Birmingham Magazine for many more photos plus the full write up on this great little place. If you’re in Birmingham, definitely stop in for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or brunch on the weekend.
A few photos at Bottega from this year.
I recently had the chance to work with some amazing humans for a campaign for UAB. These three people are no doubt just the tip of the iceberg of the great research and innovation happening in our town. I’m so pleased to have had the opportunity to meet them.
Olivia Affuso (above) is an epidemiologist studying obesity and is developing a new way to measure BMI with existing technology.
Dr. Matt Might found an extremely rare genetic condition in his son and developed a treatment previously unheard of.
Paige Severino is a senior in the biomedical engineering program and is part of a team solving medical problems by designing new equipment.
For much more about their work, see UAB’s website about being Powered by will.
Many thanks to the whole team including UAB and Lewis Communications.
I photographed at Highlands Bar and Grill again recently and thought I’d share a few images, including a portrait of Chef Stitt I’m happy with.
Mayor Randall Woodfin is a good lookin' dude and I got to spend some time with him again recently for a story in Birmingham Magazine. The cover story, in fact.
Check it out for a deep dive into the background of our "Millennial Mayor", who happens to be quite giving when being photographed. These are a couple of my favorites from our time together but it was hard to pick—he's easy to shoot.
Juliegh Green, Lori Lee, Ashley McCrary, and Allyson Allred—wonderful women I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing for the current issue of People Magazine. They are four of nearly forty people who have been diagnosed with ocular melanoma (which is super rare), all of whom have one thing in common—being on Auburn’s campus. It’s a strange story and they are working to fund further research into what is happening. For lots more, check the story out online or in the August 6 issue of People Magazine.
Also, I feel compelled to include the article's headline from their website.
Dozens of Auburn University Alumni Suffering Deadly Eye Cancer in Desperate Race For A Cure: ‘Our Lives Are At Stake’
We don’t always make the right choices in our beekeeping, but sometimes mistakes lead to beautiful things. We lost a hive and left boxes out for bee-passers-by to come have a buffet on leftover honey. Not the best idea, not the worst, but stunning to watch. No idea how many untold thousands of workers were in the air during this process, but I haven’t been this enveloped by bees since watching our first swarm five years ago. This is Stephanie using the smoker to help get the bees off the frames so we could take them back to the shop.
My friend Andi was helping out on a shoot yesterday and stepped in for a light test. I love this guy and don't actually know anyone who doesn't appreciate him. Just a quick shout out to Andi for being excellent.
A little while back I spent a day hanging out down at at Time Inc Food Studios making some portraits of some of their
editors food geniuses. Here we have a couple of simple snaps of the Food & Wine Senior Food Editor, Mary-Frances Heck. Hi, Mary-Frances!
This is my dear from Roscoe, who is a painter, dad, chef, and generally wonderful human being. This is him touching up a painting that is part of a commissioned series for an upcoming record by The Green Seed. The only point to this post is to recognize his excellence, if only in a small way.
I recently made some portraits of Will Lochamy, whom I feel like is connected to basically everything that happens in Birmingham. Appropriately, he's got a new column in Birmingham Magazine in which he weighs in what's going right and going wrong in town.
Anyway, here's my favorite from our time together.