Secrets Revealed, Issue 1


"You’re totally freaking me out."

"I can barely handle one of you, what’s this crap with 3 arms?"

"You grew another arm and you still can’t pick up your phone when I call you? You’re an ass Matt and that’s that."

These are a few of the various comments via emails I received over my last post. No no no, most were actually very sweet and nice and I thank you but it seems the three-armed Mexican trick was just a bit too much for some.

Reminds me of a trip I once took to Tijuana….Oops nevermind.

My whole goal wasn’t to freak you out nor was it meant to employ any digital shenanigans. It was solely meant to illustrate that a) for some ungodly reason the shirt I was wearing actually matched the scene, unintentionally and b) even though I was crying and sobbing and cursing my solitude I could also be my own best company. I may have been alone but I didn’t need to feel alone. Got it?


There really wasn’t any genetic trickery involved. It’s simply two separate shots that were composited in a matter of seconds. And please, if you feel a photo purist rant coming up from deep down in your soul, save it, would you? For the record I don’t dig the overuse of Photoshop either and have greatly learned to do things "in camera" as much as possible (save for the requisite color and contrast adjustments that are sometimes needed when shooting RAW files).

So there you have it.

I promise it won’t happen again.

So tell me folks, I’ve said this blog is about "food, drink, travel + photography" and yet I don’t really talk about the ins-and-outs of photography all that much. Would you wanna see more stuff behind the scenes? I’m always happy to pull the curtain back and reveal the inner workings. But it ain’t always pretty. Let me know!


  1. loney kitchen says

    Your photographs inspire me. Please do feature more photography stuff. Thanks.

  2. says

    I would really love to see the “behind the scenes” workings. I tend to depend too much on Photoshop, so it would be helpful to see how you do as much as you can in-camera, but your Photoshop skills would be great to read, too!

  3. says

    I would definitely like to see more behind the scenes stuff, I find it fascinating. I keep working on my pics but, as you can see, I’ve got my work cut out!

  4. says

    “And please, if you feel a photo purist rant coming up from deep down in your soul, save it, would you?”

    It’s phrases like this that make me adore you, Matt. Here here. Great explanation of your wizardry! 😉

  5. rita : ) says

    who are these losers complaining? i don’t see anything wrong. i thought, it was some kind of an advant-garde concept. pretty cool, actually.

  6. Ange says

    Hi Matt,

    I chanced upon your blog after seeing your name mentioned in latartinegourmande, in her Food Fanatics feature. And I just have to say that it was providential! You, your story, your blog, your photos, your layout–they are inspiring!

    I am 29 years old and just recently quit my career in advertising to start studying culinary arts and pursue my dream of becoming a chef. It’s been a bit rough the past few weeks. But seeing your blog, reading your story in Focus, has inspired me to forge on!

    THANKS for sharing your passion!


  7. says

    Matt, I’ve been reading your blog for a while now, drooling over your food and swooning for your pictures. I’m in the beginning of trying to self-educate myself in photography (student loans from English major=no money to go back to school) and I would *love* to hear anything you have to say about photography! You are a great inspiration to me and to (I’m sure) the bah-zillion other food bloggers out there trying to take better photos.

    I look forward to more photography-related posts!


  8. jim says

    as much as i am a “foodie,” i bookmarked your site due to the design and images. Would love to see more “behind-the-scenes” and more photography related insights.

    thanks for publishing such a great blog.

  9. Nevena says

    Matt, your photographs are breathtakingly beautiful. Please talk about your magic every chance you get. I am especially curious about camera recommendations for enthusiastic amateurs. Thanks for the loveliness and humor.

  10. Leslie Owensby says

    More photography info, yes please!

    It seems that everyone else has already said this, but I just wanted to add myself to the list of us who would love to know all the ins & outs & behind-the-scenes tricks, happenings, shenanigans and technical details that go on regarding your photography work.

  11. says

    I thought it was fabulous! While I do enjoy in-camera techniques, I think when you use photoshop for unusual or creative permutations that it’s fine and a lot of fun! Please let it happen again, I love your work!


  12. says

    Man, Matt! I just stumbled upon your blog for the first time, and I am genuinely impressed; nice work, nice design, great fun.
    ‘hope to maybe meet you, and maybe even get to work with you, one of these days.

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