Thanks so much to everyone who participated this month and sent in their entries for November’s edition of DMBLGIT (Does my blog look good in this)! We received a total of fifty-six (56!!) entries, which is just fantastic. If you haven’t heard, DMBLGIT is the web’s oldest running food blog photography event, starting back in 2005 by Andrew of Spittoon Extra. All the details, past events, and hosting guidelines can be found on Andrew’s site – the event needs future hosts for the 2013 year, so if you are interested in hosting, please contact Andrew.
But enough about administrative issues, let’s meet our judges! An extremely talented and passionate group of photographers, I hope you enjoy learning more about this month’s judges
Tim Clinch has been a photographer all his working life. He spent five years assisting in London, then ran his own studio in Clerkenwell. In the early 90′s he moved to Spain, where he lived and worked for eight years, five years in Madrid and three in the province of Cadiz followed by many years in South West France. These days, he’s still a nomad, dividing his time between England, France and Bulgaria. Tim says: “It doesn’t really matter where I ‘live’ as I’m always travelling.” His latest passion is discovering Eastern Europe, especially the fascinating country of Ukraine.
Tim works for a wide variety of magazines all over Europe and America, including CN Traveller, Forbes Life, Town & Country, Food Illustrated and House & Garden, and has had many books published, the latest being ‘England’s Hideaways’, a guide to the best secret hotels and castles in the UK (pub. Rizzoli). Tim is currently working on a new publishing project with food writer Kate Hill about the food and food producers of South West France, called ‘Food Stories from Gascony‘ Tim was chosen as an exhibitor in the prestigious Food Photo Festival in Tarragona, Spain in 2011, and this year was an award winner at the Food Photographer of the Year awards in London.
Alongside his commercial work he runs food photography workshops in France.
Vanessa Rees is a commercial photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. She is the owner/operator of V.K.Rees Photography. She loves to blog about her own recipes in her spare time. Vanessa lives in an apartment with her boyfriend and fat yellow cat above the best bagel shop in all of NYC.
Ilva Beretta is a Swedish food blogger, writer and professional photographer living in Tuscany. As well as creating food, travel and lifestyle photography for leading magazines and food brands, she is one of the co-founders of Plate to Page food photography and writing workshops. You can see her work in her website at www.ilvaberetta.com, follow her blog Lucullian Delights, follow her on Twitter @Luculliandelights and @ilvaberetta and like her on Facebook.
I was born in a sunny little town in Sicily back in the day. My life was happily divided between my scientific studies and practicing the decorative arts until I moved to Florence for my University studies. Here, for the first time ever, I was left free and responsible to cook for myself. Long story short, I soon was catering to all my housemates. Once I obtained my Master Degree in Physics I moved to Bonn, Germany, to follow up with a PhD. It wasn’t long until I realised what a tight fit a life of pure research was for me. In the period that followed, I started my blog “Recipe Taster” as a way to reach out into what was still a mysterious world to me.
Little by little though, what seemed at the beginning as a complete shift in career became more like a natural evolution of myself. My scientific studies have in fact empowered me with the knowledge and attitude that I find essential for developing new successful recipes that work. I now manage my activity as a freelance Gastronomical consultant, private chef and photographer, embracing both my artistic and scientific side with wholeheartedly passion.