Visual Statement: Zingerman's paella

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 6:37pm

On September 24, I took a trip to Zingerman’s Deli to witness the making of paella, a traditional Spanish dish. My first sensation when photographing paella was intense heat — in part because I was standing under the sun without cover, but also because I was standing two feet from a burning charcoal grill. But as the fresh shrimp, bomba rice, seasonal vegetables, and saffron were added into the round paella pans, I no longer thought about the heat. Instead, I thought of the flavors and smells rising from the grill. I made the mistake of photographing on an empty stomach, and — yes — my mouth was watering the whole time.