This past few months seems to be all about ticking career bucket lists. Second on that list is photographing stills behind the scenes on No Reservations but realistically, that’s never going to happen. So when I heard that Anthony Bourdain is in town for Sydney Writer’s Festival and there is an opportunity to photograph the man himself at a small and intimate interview with Jill Dupleix for his new book Medium Raw – A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook – I leaped at it.
I was first introduced to Bourdain around 2000 by way of his bestseller Kitchen Confidential. At he time, I was finishing my tertiary education in Communications at UTS, working part time bartending at clubs and restaurants all while pondering what I was going to do with the rest of my life. His memoirs of tales in the hospitality industry resonated.
It wasn’t merely his nonchalant humour or his effortless way with words that I found engaging over a decade ago, it was also his honest delivery, his passion for food along with the strong love hate relationship he has with his industry that captivates. Alas in person he did not disappoint. The man was articulent, charismatic, charming and appears genuinely humbled by his successes and achievements.
Departing the shoot yesterday with my signed copy of No Reservations I couldn’t help but reflect on my own career as a photographer. Whether it be chronicling the laughter at a family portrait session; the ruckus and merry abandonment at a wedding reception; or the swirling atmosphere behind close curtains at a fashion runway – it is such an honour and a joy to do what I love on a daily basis and I wouldn’t have it any other way.