One of my favourite restaurants is La Cucina della Marianna in Griante at Lake Como (Italy). The kitchen is run by ‘Ty’. Ty runs a ‘non-democratic kitchen’. This means customers cannot choose a menu, they need to eat whatever Ty has decided to prepare. My wife and I even took his concept one step further by the way: we now also let Ty decide on the wine.
When I asked if I could take his picture, Ty advised me to use a wide-angle lens to ensure the camera could deal with his proportions. I had to make do with my brand new Olympus Zuiko 25 mm 1.8 though.
What is interesting to know is that Ty feels as much at home behind, as in front of the camera. Besides being a great cook, he is also a serious photographer and has a some impressive analogue (Rollei 6×6 and Nikon F gear). You can admire his pictures on the walls of his restaurant and he also published a book with them.
‘I make a lot of mistakes, but you only live once’ Joshua (@joshhamster.ch) told me when I asked him about the text on his t-shirt, which read ‘I am not perfect but I am limited edition’. He told me his sister worked in a camera store. When he told me which one, I told him this was the best camera store in Switzerland and that I bought a lot of lenses there.
Earlier this week I was doing a photoshoot in Zurich and got talking to someone who was very interested in what I was doing.
In the course of our conversation I asked him if he would be ok if I took a picture of him. He happily obliged and wanted to put out his cigarette. I asked him to keep smoking though, because I always wanted to replicate the fantastic black & white pictures of James Dean and Steve McQueen whilst they were smoking.
I hope you like the result. Let me know!
Pictures taken with Nikon D750 and Tamron 28-75 mm lens. Recorded in Raw, post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.