WRITTEN BY : Derek Drayton (NativeFoto – Founder)
NATIVEFOTO CONTRIBUTOR: Our Photographer highlighted in this POST is Shameel Hosein with his tempting image of a Traditional Black Cake. Within other POST in this BLOG Shameel demonstrates his skill within differing aspects of his craft beyond food photography. Let’s just say he’s as comfortable on the ground as he is in the air taking shots of building and Temples. We look forward to further images from Shameel to add to our Local Stock Image database at NativeFoto.com. Read on to hear me babble a bit on what could be a related topic 🙂
COMMENTARY / STORY: Those of you that know me well can confirm that I am no Chef, therefore I will not attempt to impart my knowledge on cooking in this BLOG, even though my capacity to enjoy good food should count for something :). So instead, here is where I take the opportunity to get a little philosophical.
The watchwords of Trinidad and Tobago are “Discipline, Production, Tolerance”. I will refrain from marking my fellow countrymen when it comes to Discipline and Production, as I can’t afford to lose potential customers before I’m even off the ground. However, the Twin Island Republic scores a whopping A+ from me when it comes to TOLERANCE.
You might be wondering what does all of this have to do with food ? Well, the answer is that Tolerance amongst our ethnically and culturally diverse Nation has allowed us to firstly respect, then appreciate and enjoy, and then promote and advocate each others foods and claim them all as our Trini Food !! Today it would not be difficult to find a Trini Brother in a foreign land of East Indian descent longing for homemade Callaloo, or a Sister of African descent yearning for a good Doubles and boasting to the World about OUR food.
In this regard our Motto “Together We Aspire, Together We Achieve” rings true.
Now here’s the chance for a company plug! The eyes are the first senses that appreciate good food, let’s continue to inspire others through images of our culinary traditions. Yeap, that’s a “call out” to photographers to join the NativeFoto journey a share with other a view of our home.
Cheers, My Natives 🙂