Steve Russell - Staff Photographer
I've heard that good food feeds good conversation, that must be the logic behind Corey Mintz's FED column.
I've also heard that it is better to shoot food on an empty stomach!
Working for a newspaper offers a variety of assignments and each of those with their own challenges.
When I had arrived at Corey's apartment the guests, Clayton Ruby, Superior Court Justice Harriet Sachs, Jesse Brown and Katie Minsky, had just finished the first course and were chatting. The lights were down in the apartment and I did not want to disturb the mood of the room. I did add a couple tea lights to the table rather than set up strobes, I did not want to add anything that would remind the guests that they were at an intimate dinner and I did not want to interupt the flow of conversation.
I shot almost exclusively with the the Canon 1D mkIV which handles ISO 3200 beautifully!
While the light provided challenges, the food was very photogenic and the conversation that drifted from the Middle East, writing, Toronto neighbourhood was fun to listen in on.
What Corey cooked on that ol' electric stove looked and smelled amazing, alas, there was not enough to feed a salivating photographer.
The pictures fed my creative appetite!