Narrative: Portraits of Grandmas and their Cuisine from Around the World

They say a pictures is worth a thousand words. This is what popped up into my mind when looking at this delightful set of pictures.

“Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti realized that trying to not overeat over at your grandma’s place has got to be a universal thing, and set out to explore what grandmothers cook around the world. His Delicatessen With Love photo series portray grandmothers from 58 different countries, each posing right before they start cooking and then presenting their signature dish in the end. His own grandma and a dish of her raviolis was what gave Gabriele the idea for the project. Check out these photos, radiant with love and care!”

The before and after of the food from each respective, juxtaposed with the culture, is amazing. Although there is a variety of foods and cultures presented, there is something universal about the love and care that these women put into their food.


Italy (Swiss Chard and Ricotta Ravioli with Meat Sauce)

Italy (Swiss Chard and Ricotta Ravioli with Meat Sauce)


Brazil (Fejoada Light)

Brazil (Fejoada Light)





Photo[ID]entity (self-promotion? lol)

In line with Project 5, last semester I took a class called Cross-Cultural Awareness, which is a course through the Grad School of Education (GSE). For this course, we had to do a final project. I partnered with someone to produce a blog called Photo[ID]entity. Our goal was to examine the intersection between beauty and identity through the medium of photography.

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My personal narrative:

I Can See Pixels

This week’s reading and Jana’s post made me question about the legitimacy of a pictures from camera phones made me think back to a photographer who published a book using pictures just from his cell phone camera. Unfortunately, this was maybe 3-4 years back, so I don’t remember his name. However, in pursuit of his work, I did come across  an online magazine called “I Can See Pixels”, where the photographers just use their phones. What’s pretty incredible is the quality of some of these photos- aka, they don’t seem like they’ve been taken with a cell phone camera.

What’s interesting is that using cell phones for photography reminds me of a line in the reading about the “democratization of photography”. Cell phones do certainly contribute to that.

The entire magazine is available online for free:







the xx (light and shadow play)

Two weekend’s ago, I was in NYC for a music festival (Governor’s Ball). Although it was super muddy because of the rain that Friday (ick), I got to see one of my favorite bands, the xx.

Their performance was almost haunting- it seemed like they were in a trance/”in the zone” while playing their music. Their light and shadow stage effects definitely added to this vibe. While seeing this, this reminded of the light modulator project. Below are some pictures I took of their performance.

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What I thought was especially cool was the third picture. They somehow manipulated the light to make it look like an oil spill to emulate their latest album cover:



They decided to use an iridescent oil spill for their album cover because:

“You see a puddle of petrol on the floor — it can look sort of beautiful with the colors that come through it. I looked it up on Google or whatever, and it said oil and water don’t mix, they peacefully coexist? And that’s what it is when you see those colors. I liked that idea: those two things coming together to make something more beautiful than they are. And I liked the idea of us three coming together; only when the three of us are together, that’s when it exists.”

To me, this is an intersection of art (visual art and music), design, and digital culture (advance light manipulation) as a means of expression.

3rd Ward Philadelphia

So, there is this space called 3rd Ward in Brooklyn that’s sort of a artist space where people can come in work and collaborate. You pay a membership fee which gives you all-access to the space. They also offer classes in subjects ranging from digital design, cooking, business development, programming, writing, to fashion. They also hold events. It’s essentially a haven for creative folk. The second branch of 3rd Ward opened in Philadelphia in mid-May in the Northern Liberties neighborhood (my favorite neighborhood in Philly). The address is 1227. N. Fourth St.

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Although being a member of the space is rather expensive ($149/month). They hold really cool events. One such event is “Drink & Draw: Live Figure Drawing & Drinks” ever week (Wednesdays from 8:30-10:00) where they provide beer and a model for you to drink and draw. Other upcoming events include an “Etsy Craft Party” this Thursday, which will be a potluck/craft exchange/craft making party. There’s also a BBQ this Saturday as well.

This place looks awesome- I’m definitely going to try and check it out this week.

Lights, Art, and “Chinese” Culture

Last winter, I went back home to Dallas, TX. I heard about the Chinese Lantern Festival at Fair Park (event area in Dallas) that got many positive reviews, so I went with some friends from home. It did not disappoint. There was an array of different materials (lights, silky cloth, and glass) used to create these beautiful, large sculptures/lanterns.  What was interesting to me was to see pagoda-style sculptures, and then, a sculpture of the Statue of Liberty. Like the concept behind the Chinese Takeout Box laser-cutter project, I wonder how much authenticity, if at all, there is to this installation, and how much of this is prescribing to Americanized notions to Chinese culture. That being said, below are some of the pictures I took.