You’ve got to learn from the stuff that you don’t like so much. You’ve got to get them out there, share them.
Advice from a friend on developing one’s art.
You know, those photos that didn’t quite make it into the portfolio. After all, it’s here in the dregs, in the “meh…” pile, this is where the learning ought to be. Now, I’m fairly merciless when it comes to deleting the stuff that I deem crappy, but I have a soft spot for the ones that almost made the cut, those that teetered on the edge for a while before being turned over in favour of something sharper, cleaner, better dressed. I wonder why that is?
Here then is a selection of shots that didn’t quite make it into a recent book project called Itamae. These were taken in and around Osaka, Japan, in March of this year. I’ve processed them all with a little more red and a little less of everything else. Because I think they deserve it.
To see more of those shots that did make the cut, check out Itamae: My Life in Front of the Cutting Board. This is the story of Chef Avi Sternberg‘s journey as a foreigner through the hard knock school of Kaiseki cuisine, the hierarchy of the kitchen, and life as a Westerner in Japan.