A job for Bibliotheca Culinaria had me photographing a book on pralines with the maestro of chocolate here in Italy, Danilo Freguja. Three-days of shooting and over 50 different types of cioccolatino, it was quite a challenge but it all came together well. Chocolate lovers can purchase the book here.
For those of you that speak Italian, Bibliotheca Culinaria recently ran an extended interview with me for their blog which you can read here.
I’m pleased to hear that two of the books I photographed last year have won Gourmand Awards; Cook. Chill. Regenerate published by Bibliotheca Culinaria, and Sweet Venice published by Sime Books.
As always I’ve been photographing a lot of interiors these days, mostly for architects, hotels and high-end real estate. It’s a side to my work that takes me to some amazing places. Here’s a quick sample including Palazzo Garzoni Moro in Venice, Tenuta Santi Giacomo e Filippo in Urbino and a stunning private villa in Asolo.
I shot a couple of stories for the American magazine, Wine Spectator in the past few months. This one was published recently, looking at the production of Amarone wine in the Valpoicella region, in particular the Dal Forno, Tedeschi, Quintarelli and Bussola wineries. I even got a taste from a €250 bottle of Dal Forno’s Amarone which was quite delicious.
I’ve been asked to run an occasional two-day workshop on interior photography and lighting as part of the Masters in Architecture and Digital Design at ViFX near Vicenza. Aimed mostly at professionals involved in rendering and digital design, I’m showing students how to work with light to bring a sense of depth and narrative to their interior and product rendering. It includes a day of theory and a day or practical work in a desgin showroom.
The first course was completed in December and then again in February 2017. Kep an eye on the ViFX website for future courses.
A job I shot last summer for Mardegan Legno has been completed with the publication of a large catalogue and accompanying brochure. Designed by the good people at Liquid Diamond it’s an impressive tome and I know it took a lot of work in putting together. Well done guys!
An assisgnment I had for Qantas Airlines last year has just been published in their Travel Insider magazine. Together with the chef, Nino Zoccalli, of the Pendolino restaurant in Sydney, his sommelier Cristian, and the South African writer Catherine Marshall, we made a trip from Naples down through the Amalfi Coast and on to the vineyards of Pugli and Lecce.
Here’s a small sample …
A book I worked on last year with the writer Alessandra Dammone has just been published. Sweet Venice (ed. Sime Books) with 80 or so recipes, looks at the culture of ‘pasticerie’ in Venice and the surrounding area. It took me about three months, on and off, to cover all the material and it was shot in various locations around the city including Cafe Florian and the lovely Bauer Hotel.
This is a story I shot earlier in the summer down in Tuscany for the German magazine, Traveller’s World. I spent a wonderful couple of days at the Ornellaia winery in Tuscany, one of the most prestigious producers in the country. Apart from the great wine and hospitality, they also commission an international artist each year to produce an artwork based around a bottle as well as a permanent installation at the winery.