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Entry into the 2013 Kodak Salon

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Photograph by Charlotte Pridding, 2013

This year, I submitted one of my photographs into the Kodak Salon, a photographic competition that is exhibited at the Centre of Contemporary Photography in Melbourne, Fitzory. The Kodak Salon encourages a range of photographers to submit their own work into this annual competition, the photographic prints are exhibited at the CCP gallery for at least three to four weeks.1

The Kodak Salon is based in Australia and there are twenty different awards across various disciplines. According to the official CCP website, the Kodak Salon is inspired by a particular style used in Paris during the 1800’s, many galleries and exhibitions in France would display the artworks across the wall from top to bottom.2

There were some amazing photographs on display and there were a few artists that have incorporated the skull into their own work. I decided to submit a print I had produced at the very start of this year, the title of the work ‘reassurance’ features a photograph of myself at the beach with a skull painted onto my face.

The photo was inspired by my Honours research project that explored the growing interest in the skull within Melbourne’s urban / street culture. I started to develop an interest for the Mexican sugar skulls that I discovered in many bars, restaurants, shops and galleries across Melbourne. These colourful and decorative ornaments inspired me to create a series of black and white self portraits that depict my own personal perspectives of the Mexican sugar skulls that are commonly associated with the Day of the Dead Festival.

Once I completed my degree, I continued taking photographs of myself in various locations in order to discover my own interpretations of death and the depiction of the skull in the contemporary visual culture. I’m still searching for a specific answer, which has been rather difficult as my own personal interpretations do change on a daily basis.

I decided to enter the photograph of myself at the beach that questions what happens after death, what happens when the human body deteriorates? Does everything suddenly turn to darkness or do we move from the living world to a completely different place? It’s really hard to tell as there isn’t one definite answer, how can we define death if we have never experienced it before?

Of course everyone has their own interpretations, I’m hoping these photographs will hopefully provide the answers to all of my questions.  So that pretty much summarises everything at the moment, I’m currently working on another project at the moment that I would love to share to you all once I’ve completed everything, so stay tuned! 🙂

If you would like any further information please click on the links below.

http://www.ccp.org.au/

http://www.ccp.org.au/kodak_salon_faq.php

Other Links

http://blackcalavera.com/

https://skullsproject.wordpress.com/about/


Thomasina Mier’s New Cookbook, “Wahaca: Mexican Food at Home”

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The Front Cover from Thomasina Mier’s, Wahaca.

1/1/2013 – Skulls and Skeletons in Thomasina Miers new Mexican Cookbook

First of all I would just like to say Happy New Years! I hope everyone had a great night last night! So yesterday, I had said I was going to make a Mexican themed New Years Eve Dinner, I was disappointed that I was unable to find a bottle of Espolon Tequila although I did manage to make tortillas from scratch, I was very pleased with the results!

On Christmas, I received a Mexican cookbook by Thomasina Miers, also known as “Wahaca: Mexican Food at Home”, that features some very impressive recipes. The Telegraph explains that Miers travelled to Mexico at a young age where she developed a passion for authentic Mexican cuisine and street food. In 2005 Miers was the first to win the British Masterchef; since then Miers has opened her own restaurant in London, which is also known as “Whaca”.

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Skeleton on the Front Page of Whaca by Thomasina Miers

The cookbook itself features some very colourful patterns and designs; all the images makes the cookbook very interesting to read. I have noticed that skulls and skeletons were a popular image throughout the entire cookbook; these designs were also juxtaposed with recipes and photographs of Mexican inspired dishes!

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Skeletons in Thomasina Mier’s Cookbook, Wahaca. 

What I do love about Mier’s cookbook is the fact that the pages are decorated with the Mexican handcrafted skulls; to me, the designs add a level of authenticity to the cookbook as the hand crafted skulls do play an important part within the Day of the Dead celebration. The skulls also add an interesting design to the cookbook; in fact the cookbook is very well designed in my own opinion.

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Skeleton in Mier’s Wahaca Cookbook 

From viewing all the different patterns and designs; it’s similar to looking through an art book; that is what I love about this cookbook, it’s definitely features an artistic flair. So anyway, on new years eve I cooked steak and cheese tacos with homemade tortillas, I must admit these were the most flavoursome tacos I have ever made! What I also like about Mier’s recipes is the fact that they’re healthy and easy to follow, while the tortillas were time consuming to start off with, the tacos took only 20 minutes to make!

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Skeleton in Mier’s Whaca Cookbook II

My boyfriend also made refried beans as well as sweetcorn and black bean salsa from Mier’s other cookbook, “Mexican Food Made Simple”, I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who is interested in Mexican cuisine.

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Home made Guacamole, Refried Beans plus Sweetcorn & Black bean Salsa from Thomasina Mier’s Cookbook: Mexican Food Made Simple. Tortilla Recipe from Whaca Cookbook.

The next day we decided to use all the left over salsas for nachos, I know nachos aren’t really Mexican, but it was a great way to get rid of everything that was left in the fridge. With Thomasina’s salsas the nachos weren’t really that unhealthy besides from the chips and the tasty cheese! Miers also has a blog that features simple and amazing recipes, please click on the link below for further information.

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Nachos with Leftover Guacamole, Refried Beans and Corn Salsa from Miers Cookbook. 

http://blog.wahaca.co.uk/

http://www.wahaca.co.uk/flash/main.html

Other References: 

“Thomasina Miers: From Childhood to Masterchef and a Top Culinary Career, The Telegraph, Accessed 1/3/12, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/motoring/suzuki-kizashi/9104780/Thomasina-Miers-journey.html

Thomasina Miers, Wahaca: Mexican Food Made Simple. United Kingdom: Hodder & Stoughton, 2012.

Thomasina Miers, Mexican Food Made Simple. United Kingdom: Hodder & Stoughton, 2010.