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As promised, here’s the second installment from my spread, including a few outtakes, in Art Culinaire. Meet Gabriel Rucker, Chef of Le Pigeon.

Cheers!

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About four years ago, I started a portrait project. I photographed people I knew, or worked with at the time, in their world. A glimpse of their life through the lens. Through my eyes. I shot several of these portraits, and then life moved forward, I allowed the project to lose steam and I, frankly, forgot about it (although, it was always tapping on the back of my mind). This sort of documentary style photography is what I cut my teeth on. Raw looks into someone’s world, stripped of all color, observations from the camera, is part of my lifeblood. It’s why I picked up a camera 18 years ago. I shoot a lot of portraits, some family, many for Eater and other food-related purpose, and although I always shoot from my perspective…with my vibe, as it were, it’s been a long time since I worked on a project like this. I can feel that lifeblood start to simmer and think it’s time to start this project again.

So this, in essence, is call out for subjects. Anyone in?

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Florence 2003 © Dina Avila

(From my college senior project documenting life in an underprivileged nursing home in Austin, TX)

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Her name is Jackson Pollock :)

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All images © Dina Avila 2013

If you subscribe to La Cucina Italiana, next month (October issue) you’ll find a big ol’ juicy spread I shot for them. Last October, I had the honor of photographing an annual fall dinner Chef Cathy Whims (of Portland’s Nostrana) throws for the farmers who supply many of her ingredients. Among the farmers were the folks of Ayer’s Creek Farm; an idyllic organic farm, that I photographed this summer, who supplies Cathy with polenta made from their corn. This farm, oh lord, is it gorgeous. It’s a gloriously beautiful drive about an hour’s west of Portland on, yep, Farmington Road. Windows rolled down, Amos Lee on the stereo, I almost wept overwhelmed by the beauty of Oregon’s farm country. I thought I’d share some of the published photos, as well as some of my favorite outtakes from the farm.

Cheers!

 

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I promise you an epic recipe(s!) post tomorrow, but for now, allow me to treat your weary eyes to a bit of eye candy. Meet Kyle Webster, bartender extraordinaire at St. Jack here in Portland. These images are from a recent shoot I did with Portland Monthly Magazine for their November issue. If you’re looking for an exquisite cocktail crafted by a true gentleman and a stand-up fellow, then take my advice and visit Kyle. Look but don’t touch ladies and gents. Recently married to the incredibly talented and gorgeous Chef Naomi Pomeroy of Beast, Kyle is blissfully taken.

Cheers!

P.S. Yes, I realize this totally reads like a gossip column…;)

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Siri and Sons

Siri and Sons

Siri and Sons

Siri and Sons

Siri and Sons

Siri and Sons

Siri and Sons

Siri and Sons

 All Images © Dina Avila 2012

Just thought I’d share a handful of my favorites from a shoot I did for Organically Grown Company a couple of weeks ago. The setting is a bell pepper and cucumber farm in Aurora, Oregon, the folks are Siri and Sons (and wives), four generations of proud, beautiful, very hardworking farmers. Including wildly adorable 2 1/2-year-old twins. It was such an honor and a privilege to be invited into their world to document the work the defines their lives…and fills our bellies.

Cheers!

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I promise a real live blog post is coming soon…

Nong's Khao Man Gai

Nong, of Nong’s Khao Man Gai

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Aaron Woo, Natural Selection

Chef/Owner Aaron Woo, Natural Selection

I guess you wouldn’t know it since what you mostly witness on leek soup are my food photos, but I absolutely love making portraits. As a photographer for Eater, I get to collect portraits of local chefs and restaurant general managers and I would be remiss if I didn’t reveal that these are some of the shoots I most look forward to. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of the work I do for Eater. I mean, I get to photograph chefs in their natural habitat. I get to photograph chefs as they make a dish especially for Eater readers (which I almost always get to nibble on. Post shoot, of course). I get to photograph new restaurants before anyone else has even had a glimpse. I am a lucky gal, to be sure. But there’s something so intimate about portraits. Especially portraits of these public (or not so public) figures. No lights, no assistant with giant reflector. Just me and my chef, or GM, and a bit of beautiful light. Perfect.

This may be a bit of a new series on leek soup. Along the lines of “photograph of the day” but perhaps we’ll call it “portrait of the day”. What do you think?

Cheers!

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