Stephanie Fieger-Klein is personal chef and plant-based food coach. She holds a certificate from the Institute of Integrated Nutrition and has regular clients in New York City who enjoy her meals on a daily basis. Stephanie came to me for documentation of her gorgeous meals. These photos are from a brunch she hosted in August 2014.
I recently had the pleasure of styling and photographing the making of this gorgeous green soup by Noel Graupner. Noel is a holistic health coach and takes pride in cooking with consciousness. This Broccoli and tahini soup is easy to make, delicious and all around great for your body.
As creatures we are always customizing our surroundings to optimize our comfort and our happiness. This everyday process becomes methodical and often overlooked. These photos capture the sets we build- The tables we set, the window sills we decorate - the details we add to make our surroundings that much more interesting and beautiful. The people, or rather the "designers" of these scenes are not pictured yet their presence is felt through the sets they so purposefully assemble.
As a photographer I am very attracted to capturing the horizontal landscape. The orientation and format is always simple and repetitive. I aim to keep any evidence of specific locations out of my frame. I do this because I am interested in the idea that these scenes could be anywhere. By photographing otherwise banal places I try to evoke the universal landscape - one that does not need to be recognized but instead can remind others of the landscapes in their own memories. These are the places we are passing in trains, cars and busses.
The garden is a place of inspiration to me. It's ephemeral qualities and ever changing stages propel the need to capture it. There is also something interesting to me about the food while it is still being grown. In our food culture the process before the plate is not often shown.