It's no secret that I love food (um, really?)...and photography (seriously?). If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook is definitely no secret that I was as jazzed as jazzed can be when Hélène Dujardin's book Plate to Pixel came to fruition sooner than expected. I've got to say...it is really more than I even expected. She's undeniably talented, hardworking, and about as real as they come but this book...it's a dream come true for me.
At the risk of sounding like a nut I have to be transparent here. For a brief moment I got Hélène and Béa (Béatrice) Peltre confused. Both French expats, both ungodly talented, both food photographers. Their lives are, like all of ours, wildly divergent, but I clung to them...both of them. I found both of them when I needed it maybe more than most...a time of searching, admitted depression, and need for fulfillment. Food fills me up, so does photography - their images, again, so signature in taste, both filled me with sunshine and hope, satisfaction of life and a new lens with which to approach the world.
Since, of course, I have separated and identified. I can tell their lives and photos apart. But when they both announced books to be within mere months my heart nearly exploded.
You have to understand these are women who gave me hope and light when I couldn't see any. Again, I don't want to sound like some crazed fan but at the same time I wept when reading the first few pages of Hélène's book - the introduction, only a few pages, is compact with passion, drive, gratitude, and adoration of life...in so many ways, the woman I've become and am becoming. For me, it is yet another gift, at the perfect time...the writing is absolutely her (perhaps polished, here or there, but please, we all need an editor)...but as I've begun to be ever stronger in myself, to pursue my passions, I feel reassured and whole in having this solid piece to hold on to, having this bit of mentor-like guidance within my grasp.
So, sure, I'm a bit biased.
There are people who's influence makes up a little bit of who you are...big or small...knowingly or not. Consider this my thank you note, I suppose. I am indebted.
And I am anticipatory of Béa's book..but so, so, cuddle up with a great drink (tea, wine, depends...), a superb blanket, and some quiet time thrilled with Plate to Pixel. I have so much to learn and by god, is that awesome? Life is one wildly fantastic journey.
Some other "brought me fire" links this week?
3191 Miles Apart
Green Kitchen Stories
The Dew Drop Inn
And Ira Glass...oh my...so...so...yes...
Other things I live for? May 13. When Penny de Los Santos presents her *free* class, streaming via web, (info) here. A National Geographic photographer...giving us her knowledge, free. Headshakingly awesome.
More transparency? There is actual documentation that my goal in life, in second grade, was to be a National Geographic photographer, and writer. While I have not given that dream up, persay, I am happy to pursue it in my own small, not-so-published way.
Life is but a dream, non? Cheers!