I was commissioned by The Guardian to photograph a listening tour of Confederate flag supporters across the state of Mississippi for this story written by Donna Ladd: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/aug/06/pride-and-prejudice-the-americans-who-fly-the-confederate-flag
Commissioned by Chef Dan Barber's incredible new company, Row 7 Seeds, to do their product photography. (Best excuse to haul potting soil into the studio!) Row 7 connects the country's leading organic seed breeders with the country's best chefs, in an effort to create innovative new seed varieties.
“It started as a joke,” says Emily Wallace, “and then we were like, ‘Actually, that’s not a bad idea.’”
The idea was a pop-up event celebrating the art of sculpted foods, particularly gelatin foods in all their elaborate, multi-colored glory. (Whether they be savory aspics or fruit-filled Jell-Os.) The name, chosen by Emily with her friends Kate Elia and Kate Medley, was “O Moldy Night,” a riff on the iconic Christmas carol “O Holy Night” referring to the many molds used to shape Jell-O and aspics. So one night in Durham, North Carolina, home cooks and professional chefs displayed their creative concoctions in a hotel lobby. Beyond Jell-O, most anything made with a mold was welcome.
The three main organizers, Medley, Wallace, and Elia, work as artists and professionals in the local culinary scene and have an interest in blurring the line between art and food.
“Molded foods are so visually stunning and weird,” says Medley, a photographer and filmmaker. “Why not elevate them on a pedestal?”
Read more here: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/jello-art
Organized and curated by Kate Medley, Emily Wallace, and Kate Elia, 'O Moldy Night' was a pop-up museum at The Durham Hotel, celebrating all types of sculpted foods, with contributions from professional chefs, confectioners, home cooks, grandmothers, performance artists, and more. Forty works of art were exhibited, and then devoured.
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Behold the Jell-O shot, the last surviving member of one of the weirder culinary traditions: sculpted food.
Something about the foods that wiggle and jiggle took them out of food fashion decades ago.
But molds, aspics and Jell-Os – all actively forgotten in the annals of culinary history – will have their retrospective, their moment in the, well, not sun exactly because they might melt, but a kind of spotlight for sure.
This Sunday, the Durham Hotel is hosting an edible art show called “O Moldy Night,”reviving and celebrating the wonders and curiosities of sculpted foods, prepared by some of the area’s best chefs.
The fine folks at The Bitter Southerner sent me down to Robeson County to report on the controverial 594-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Read Adina Solomon's great story here: http://bittersoutherner.com/a-pipeline-in-the-sand-atlantic-coast-lumbee-tribe/
Had the pleasure of photographing the band Superchunk for the Arts & Leisure section of The New York Times. Grateful to Alex Boerner for the assist! https://www.newsobserver.com/living/food-drink/article203197894.html#storylink=cpy
Excited to launch a short film I created with Jesse Paddock featuring North Carolina chef Karen Barker for the Southern Foodways Alliance. https://www.southernfoodways.org/theres-no-such-thing-as-bad-pie/
In 2005, I spent the two weeks leading up to Edgar Ray Killen’s trial in his Neshoba County home doing an oral history and portraits with him. It was my first real lesson in the complexity of class, race, and most of all, the South. Today Killen died.
Proud to have this image included in the BBC's Most Striking Images of 2017. (Proof that the best camera - in this case, the iPhone 6 - is the one you have with you.)
See the full list here: http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20171220-the-most-striking-images-of-2017
I happened to be in downtown Durham when I heard news that protestors were trying to bring down the Confederate statue on Main Street. They were marching off by the time I arrived. But I was happy to sell some images to Reuters, which quickly got picked up by The New York Times, among other national and international publications.