I’ve changed this page so many times because I don’t really know what to say.
I like writing and reading stories – especially if they have magic and fantastical creatures. Part of this blog/website has some of that.
I’m trying to learn how to cook and bake so there’s some of that. I combined my stories with recipes but I realized that it makes it difficult for people who just want the recipes so I started doing the recipes separately and just put links and I’ll be going back into the stories I already wrote and separate them out.
I started this blog to take better photos. I try to challenge myself as a photographer because I feel that so much food photography looks the same. But I need to strike a balance between showing people how to make something, showing what it looks like and art. Basically I take four types of food photos.
1) The “how-to” photo – for those things I think that need particular attention in a recipe.
2) The “finished product” photo – to show what the food looks like at the end.
3) A type of photo not necessarily connected to a recipe, but usually to a story – a “food world” picture, where I try to make a scene using only food.
4) Finally, a photo concept where I take away the need to make the food look delicious and see what I come up with. This is a new one and I don’t really know where this concept is going.
I mostly choose recipes based on my stories. Some recipes are of my own invention. Some recipes come from the 1964 Culinary Arts Institute Encyclopedic Cookbook as part of my efforts to learn how to make cookies. Some recipes come from Julia Child’s, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, as part of my efforts to learn how to cook French food. Some recipes are derived from other sources or my Korean heritage.
I shoot with a Sony A6000 (mirrorless camera). I have very small hands (my stepson had the same size hands when he was 5) so I just don’t feel comfortable with regular DSLRs
In the end, I am Ana Penelope Dunwoody, photographer, storyteller, baker and cook.
If you wish to contact me, please email me at ana at anapenelope dot com.