Plated - No. 1
Welcome to the first installment of our new series, in which we will feature pictures of, and discussions with, people we admire.
In our world, we believe that every object in one's home is capable of coloring those in-between moments of daily life. Through this series, we'll ask friends old and new how they spend those times, how they feed themselves (both literally and artistically), and where they find joy day to day.
We first met Jen Steele a few years ago through mutual friends in Brooklyn and fell in love with her joyful spirit and kind-hearted nature. Over the years we have become friends and neighbors, and have had the pleasure of having her photograph several of our projects. Both a film-maker and photographer, Jen's work is always reflective of the personal and poetic lens through with she views the world, making her a natural pick when it came to choosing a photographer for this series.
We asked Jen to kick off this series for us with a self portrait, and to prepare a dish on the plate of her choice (she chose the Large Petal Plate in Periwinkle). Read the full interview below to hear Jen tell us about her 'Midwestern Delight'.
What have you plated for us?
Here we have a 'Midwestern delight,' though these delicious appetizers may have an official name in other circles, my family referred to them as ham roll ups and served them at gatherings throughout the holiday season.
This little wonder is a big hit with women, I find. The ingredients are simple and for that reason should be the finest one can find — in this case, house-cured ham, scallions (or pickles for the faint of heart) and cream cheese. The micro greens give the plate a touch of “I know what I’m doing.”
A beautiful radish or collection of olives go beautifully alongside. A cold beer or Bloody Mary are also lovely companions.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DO?
I'm a photographer and filmaker.
WHAT FILLS MOST OF YOUR DAYS?
Nearly every day is spent with my son, Cary. He’s getting close to two years old now and I adore him. He’s very funny and very involved in the kitchen — he was sleeping when I photographed my plate and myself.
OF ALL THE SPECIAL OBJECTS IN YOUR HOME, WHAT BRINGS YOU THE MOST JOY?
Having my cameras near by and in view gives me a lot of joy, it’s important to me to photograph my family on film and having the cameras in sight helps with that initiative.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THIS TIME IN YOUR LIFE?
This is a rough and surreal time. It’s also the most beautiful yet.