Do you love good food made with passion?
I crossed paths with Jan Gundlach from Senso Restaurant and Culinary Studio a while back. I was a bit excited to meet him actually. He’s European (German in fact, I love Germans!…personal oddity about me you probably don’t know), a Michelin Chef, and has worked some serious kitchens around the world. The Senso website reads:
‘You will not be disappointed. Chef Gundlach is not only a distinguished and highly decorated chef, he is a master craftsman and an artist who works with flair and integrity; he will leave you with the sure knowledge that you have seen a great chef at work. His quiet assurance and unassuming manners will awaken in you a new passion for food.’
If you plan on taking a meal there, it’s located upstairs at Fyshwick Markets. Perfect access to all that amazing fresh produce that Jan is famous for. Their restaurant hours are
Thursday to Sunday, 9am to 11pm
Monday to Wednesday on request
…and they also have a separate dining area for corporate functions that seats up to 26…and you can learn some cooking through the Culinary Centre…and you can even learn to become a full blown chef if you like! Phoooarrh, the options!
I’d invited Jan to my exhibition opening to introduce him along with some other restaurants in town to my work. He wasn’t able to come to the exhibition, but as luck may have it I still had my chance to meet him through an event held at Mount Majura Vineyard.
Turned out he was in the market for artwork for his beautiful restaurant. We came to an agreement that I would hang my works there, and in exchange I would photograph his restaurant. Back in South Africa I went to an excellent restaurant where guests were given a postmarked postcard featuring images from the restaurant. Great advertisment for the restaurant and it creates a bit of novel fun for the diners. They simply write the card to a friend, give it back to the restaurant and the restaurant sends it off. (Eventually my sister received her’s from South Africa…really cool!)
So my task was to return the karma and photograph the restaurant. I think there are two things to do with a task like this:
1. Photograph the place itself and its product. Capture its life and energy so the viewer has an insight into what their experience might be like.
2. Document the people behind the business because we can all relate to these types of images and it gives the business a human face.
So here’s an idea for a postcard, oldy-worldy with a bit of retro colour. Suitable?
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