Triumph

  Thanks to a Julia Child Independent Scholar grant that I won from the International Association of Culinary Professionals, a few years ago I spent a month in France researching a topic close to my heart: the culinary impact of European colonialism on modern food habits. The Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris intimidated me, its…

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Double

Split open a red cabbage, an onion, an apple, a tomato, an orange - in those doubles, you see Life's twofoldness. The left hand, the right hand. Rank's Doppelganger, Jung's Shadow. Yin. Yang. Two parts make a whole. Photo 101 challenge, day 19 © 2014 C. Bertelsen

Treasure

Say the word "treasure" and images of jewel-laden pirate chests might dart through your mind. But in this world, treasure takes many forms. As for me, I have much treasure, but my most precious treasures illuminate this post. For how does that verse go? "For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be." Photo 101 challenge, day…

Warmth

Today I must render into photography the concept of "warmth." The underlying message is, of course, "painting with light." Without light, angles, and placement, no photograph has a chance of achieving anything more than a snapshot of a brief moment in time. Of course, the sample photograph that came with the assignment portrays something majestic,…

Connect

Connection, that's the theme of the day. Most people might think of interpersonal connections, how those seem to be eroding away via the technology that substitutes for face-to-face interactions. Others ponder bridges, both those that transverse water and the fragile ties of a spider's web, the stitches that keep flesh from parting after surgery, or…