Turning the lens on my kitchen

It’s raining today and I’m feeling trapped inside; roaming the house with phone in hand looking for things to photograph.

As usual I gravitate to the kitchen. Yesterday, in anticipation of the storm that’s hit Auckland, I harvested all of the ripe (and almost ripe) tomatoes, peppers and chillies in my garden. Not all of the tomatoes survived the night – they made a wonderful snack while I was waiting for dinner. But what was left this morning did look lovely – fresh and vibrant.

Saved from the storm; red and yellow cherry tomatoes from my garden. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot on iPhone4.

Saved from the storm; chillies and red and yellow cherry tomatoes from my garden. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot on iPhone4.

These days, when many of us lack the time and space for a garden, homegrown vegetables invoke a kind of nostalgia for childhood. One of the ways in which my parents embraced their new life in New Zealand was by planting a garden, so even now, the taste of a fresh tomato takes me back to endless Auckland summers.

Nostalgia for the past. My garden harvest through an old lens. Photo: Su Leslie 2014. Shot on iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Nostalgia for the past. My garden harvest through an old lens. Photo: Su Leslie 2014. Shot on iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

If tomatoes evoke summer, then onions represent autumn – the shift from raw salads to soups and sauces and curries.

Perfect brown onions. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4. Edited with Aviary Ultimate Photo Editor.

Perfect brown onions. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4. Edited with Aviary Ultimate Photo Editor.

I’m not quite sure why, but I love this de-saturated shot more. The toning evokes 1940s movies, but how onions might fit in … a mystery.

Onions. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Onions. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Sage is my new favourite herb, and is plentiful in the garden. Last night we picked a huge bunch of wonderfully fragrant leaves to stir into a creamy mushroom sauce.

sage

Purple sage. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Aviary Ultimate Photo Editor.

If I could paint, this is what my picture of freshly-picked sage would look like. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

If I could paint, this is what my picture of freshly-picked sage would look like. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

It’s autumn here, so fruit and vegetables are cheap and plentiful.Yesterday I bought two beautiful pineapples.

Pineapple.  Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot on iPhone4.

Pineapple. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot on iPhone4.

Pineapples are one of those fruits that don’t look particularly appealing until you cut into them, but their weird texture does offer lots of photographic potential.

Does a paint effect soften this pineapple? Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Does a paint effect soften this pineapple? Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

High contrast and harsh colours make me think more of an alien's skin condition than a pineapple. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

High contrast and harsh colours make me think more of an alien’s skin condition than a pineapple. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

This post was written for Sally’s Phoneography Challenge at Lens and Pens by Sally. You can find out more about that here. And here are some other posts I’ve enjoyed on the theme:

http://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/phoneography-challenge-macro-milkweed/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2014/03/10/iphone-monday-3-10-14/

http://fontsandfrosting.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/phoneography-challenge-macro/

http://firebonnet.com/2014/03/10/phoneography-macro-bouquet-central/

http://thepalladiantraveler.com/2014/03/12/photography-macro-foodie-pizza-weekly-phoneography-challenge/

http://allkindsaeverything.wordpress.com/2014/03/12/phoneography-challenge-macro-2/

http://wisnuwidiarta.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/phoneography-challenge-the-phone-as-your-lens-macro-a-bugs-life/

http://livingwithmyancestors.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/phoneography-challenge-the-phone-as-your-lens-macro/

 

http://angelinem.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/phoneography-challenge-macro-in-red/

http://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/phoneography-challenge-macro-4/

http://blogagaini.com/2014/03/10/green-and-orange/

http://pictograf.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/phoneography-challenge-macro/

http://irenewaters19.com/2014/03/10/phoneography-monday-and-macro-monday/

http://steve-says.net/2014/03/10/what-time-is-it-its-ten-to-spring/

http://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/phoneography-macro-nature-images-and-opinion/

http://helpalongthepath.com/2014/03/10/latch-phoneography-challenge/

 

 

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11 thoughts on “Turning the lens on my kitchen

    • Hi Sally; thanks. That’s my favourite too. I couldn’t quite put my finger on why, but I think it is, as you say, the quietness.

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  1. Pingback: Phoneography Challenge, the Phone as Your Lens: Macro (Everyday Objects) | Lens and Pens by Sally

  2. They make me both hungry and longing for spring and somewhere to plant!! I think I like the colors and lines of the first sage and the high contrast edit of the pineapple best, but they’re all good shots. Bill and I are planning to visit New Zealand for, hopefully, 3-6 months sometime in the next couple of years (not before mid-2015.) Perhaps we could meet for a cup of tea or a bottle of great New Zealand wine. ๐Ÿ™‚

    janet

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    • Thanks Janet. Great news that you’re thinking of visiting. Definitely love to catch up. Let me know what you’re plans are closer to the time and we’ll organise something. We’re in Auckland – which is where you’ll probably fly into. Exciting!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. I agree that the desaturated onion is really beautiful… I also love the first abstracted pineapple… that is really cool. What fun to focus this post on your plentiful harvest… that purple sage looks so yummy. Gorgeous!

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    • Thank you Meghan. I downloaded a new photo editing app yesterday and had fun with it! A good day for play, with the wind howling around and lots of rain. ๐Ÿ™‚

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