Preparing Dinner


You’ll be pleased to know that our next log entry isn’t boring news about photography competitions: instead of entering photographs I’ve been busy taking them. Viewing pictures is far more interesting anyway and they are a great way of us documenting and communicating life here in India to you. This first set I’ve called “Preparing Dinner”.

I began this set with an attempt to document Muslim Indian Women in their home, preparing dinner for their family. It very quickly became obvious that as a white, foreign, non-Muslim, non-relative I would never be allowed into the inner sanctum of the Muslim woman’s kitchen. I succeeded just once.

I therefore shifted the goalpost to illustrate dinner preparation on a Sunday in one community. It covers private and commercial food preparation, utensils and techniques used in preparation and I even managed to get an invite into a sweet shop. Inadvertently the logistics of making this set of photographs were even more challenging than my original idea, especially the images taken in commercial kitchens which were smokey, tight and busy. A wide angle was essential on many shots.

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8 Comments on “Preparing Dinner”

  1. Maggie

    And what are the two things that you notice (or at least I did) 1.) There are no fat people and 2.)Nobody looks happy.
    Does that mean that being fat makes you happy????

    Keep up the good work

    1. Jamie

      Thanks Maggie. I’m surprised by your second observation though. People here are generally very happy and many of them are smiling in the shots. The ones that aren’t are probably concentrating really hard on stirring!

    1. Jamie

      Thank you, as always, for your comments Peter. Glad you enjoyed the Sailing Today articles too. I received a hard copy the other week, here in India, and I’m very proud of it!

  2. Fogey Demon

    Sorry but I think I would need a very strong stomach to eat some of those dishes, especially after seeing goats, cats & chickens roaming freely. Maybe they are the health & safety inspectors-if it does not kill them it’s ok for you to eat! Nonetheless the photos are, as always, excellent.

  3. Kat

    Would be nice to know what all those things are that they’re cooking! Hope you’ve picked up some recipes and tips?

    1. Jamie

      Oh yes, plenty! When you start home cooking proper curry you start to realise how much cream the restaurants add. The stuff we’re cooking is unadulterated, fresh, healthy curry. I can send you some recipes if you’re interested, Kat.

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