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Bitsandbites

Well pardon me! Turns out some chubby short brown man hasn’t been posting as often as he should, and for this, he apologizes.

Ok, enough with the third person. I feel plain awful for letting this labor of love play second fiddle when, in all honestly, I love blogging. And I miss it when I don’t do it. But I have been around, as a few of you can attest to and I hope my email responses to your questions have made their way safely to you.

And since I haven’t posted random tidbits of information in quite some time I figured today is just dandy for it, donchathink?

• Congrats to my sister Angela on her new position. She is now dealing with copyrights out the wazzooo so don’t even think of using anyone’s images or materials without proper permission, you got that? Not that you would, my dear readers. Because you’re not like that. I know this. Just sayin’.

• Yes Meg, you do sometimes look like Morticia Addams in photos. But it’s hot. Ask the goth boys.

• Sometimes you do indeed get what you ask for. I’ve been shooting for various clients on top of my regular job almost every weekend now since November, and while file management is slowly driving me crazy I wouldn’t trade the opportunity for the world!  Thank you Alex, Denise, Cindie, and Leah at Border Grill & Ciudad.

•  Speaking of work, yes, the book I worked on last Spring is actually out now. It was my first and there are a few more in the works. But you can find it here. I provided art direction and co-photographed many of the images you see with my friend Jon.  And since Valentine’s Day is coming up it might be a nice gift. Thank you, Meredith (even if I did have to buy my own copies, grrrrr nudge nudge).

David, for the love of sweets, is it February 1st yet? Jeez you’re killing me.

• I am getting ready to start my garden. I haven’t figured out what I want to grow but my short list does include zucchini and beans and tons of happy pretty flowers. And in case you didn’t know I’ve got quite the green thumb. And I might even cook my own snails again.

• I am now shooting rights-managed stock photography for Jupiter Images and while I’m all giddy about it I am a teensy bit sad that my editor Ellen is leaving for a bigger position. Because she rocks and I hope she is reading this because I love her. But then again I still get to work with Kim…I’m raising my Big Red to you right now, lady!

• Is it me or is Spring kinda sorta trickling in? It’s so hard to tell in California sometimes and I get confused. At any rate I’m excited about the prospects of little baby lettuces, spring onions, radishes, lamb, citrus, tiny artichokes, and all those sweet small fruits and veggies that Mother Nature will be bringing us in the next few weeks. Even though I’m producing a photo shoot in 3 weeks where I have to fake an outdoor late-summer party. And you wonder why I’m confused?

• Things I’m currently digging: Sia’s new album, this sweet new friend, oranges from my own tree,  Tom Ford for Men, publicists who actually write personal emails, a bag full of Texas pecans from Melissa (I LOVE YOU!), Converse sneakers, slightly longer days (every minute counts!) and as always my sweet little family.

Comments

  1. Nancy G. says

    Will the average Joe (or Nancy) be able to purchase prints from Jupiter images? I love your food photography and would like to include some in my kitchen decor.

    It is my understanding that Jupiter immages specializes in stock art for advertising, print media??

    Your photography justs keeps getting better & better (i.e. the stunning cherry photo above) and I am sure there are many that would love to hang it in their homes as well.

    Your blog always puts a smile on my face, so prints or no prints, I will keep coming back.

  2. says

    i haven’t had time to really blog in what feels like forever. i feel ya.

    i adore this photograph. stunning surface. i’ve been eating nothing but cherries lately. 2 lb. for $3 in chinatown. wohoo!

  3. J Wade says

    is it just me, or does the album title and art work on Sia’s new album seem to be making fun of SARK?

  4. says

    I am jealous of all of you from California. Here in New York we’re scrounging for anything fresh. I don’t believe you’re talking about fresh produce from the garden already! The green markets here are dead at this time of year.

  5. says

    Oh, Matt, that photo. Makes me want to lay on that surface and eat the cheese with my fingers and lick the salt from the hazelnuts and have someone feed me the cherries, one by one…

    Damn.

  6. says

    Oh, great. Goth boys. My market exactly.

    Does the Jupiter thingie mean you’ll be up in my neck of the woods more often? Hello? Yunch?

  7. says

    Mmmm … love the bits and bites. Especially the cherries :)

    Yay! for the book! Am heading to Amazon to check it out right now …

  8. says

    A floral suggestion for your garden: pale yellow cosmos, seeds available from Seeds of Change. I read about these in the San Francisco Chronicle and sent off for the seeds immediately. We’ve aways planted white cosmos amongst our vegetables, but I think the yellow will be fabulous.

  9. says

    Matt- your photos are just so stunning, I had to take a break from you for awhile. They make me want to copy your look, because I just love your style so much! I can’t wait to check out your book.

  10. says

    Matt!

    I have just discovered your blog. Instant love. Your photography is amazing and your writing and ideas are wonderful.

    I look forward to checking in with you often!

  11. says

    Dearest Matt, each time I stop by your blog, I feel like I’ve come home (fantasy, picture perfect, wished-I-lived-here home, that is). I’m looking forward to buying a copy of Meredith’s book.

    Oh, and I vote for cosmos too! Pretty, pretty.

  12. says

    Sounds like you’ve been incredibly busy, in a very good way! I hope when you start gardening, you’ll share some tips because I totally do NOT have a green thumb, but really want to take a stab at it this year and can use all the help I can get. ;)

  13. says

    Sounds like you’ve been incredibly busy, in a very good way! I hope when you start gardening, you’ll share some tips because I totally do NOT have a green thumb, but really want to take a stab at it this year and can use all the help I can get. ;)

  14. says

    Sounds like you’ve been incredibly busy, in a very good way! I hope when you start gardening, you’ll share some tips because I totally do NOT have a green thumb, but really want to take a stab at it this year and can use all the help I can get. ;)

  15. says

    Congrats Matt! I can’t wait to order a copy of the book. I am still working on getting my client to agree to our little project. Will keep you updated. I am 99% sure he’s gonna say yes.

  16. ellen says

    why thank you, Matt!!!!
    Kim told me about Big Red and trips were made to the Farmers Market – yum.
    btw, i LOVE this image – it is coming our way soon, yes?

  17. teena from sunny oz says

    hello matt

    i am emotionally moved and utterly inspired by your work…

    pure art my friend – your work is as refreshing and exuberant as your personality – quicky becoming a fan.

    teena

  18. says

    Hi, Matt…

    Think about putting in two or three pimientós de padron pepper plants. I promise you will not regret it. We did two last year, and will probably do FOUR this year.

    I confess I use a blowtorch to hasten the blistering process when cooking them, but it only makes good sense. Given how wrinkled and creviced the peppers can be, they don’t cook evenly. The blowtorch gets the job done well.

    It is, however, a myth that one in ten is super hot. I’ve eaten literally hundreds (baskets upon baskets from the farmers markets, plus all the hundreds we grew last summer), and I have can count on one had (three fingers, actually) the times that one surprised me. Nowhere approaching the heat of a habanero, either.

    Ooooh, you will love them. And they’re so much fun to pick.

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