Weeknight Dinners

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by Luke, Feb 6, 2017.

  1. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    I was driving around this morning running some errands and heard a brief bit on the radio about a local photographer that had done a photography project that was being featured on some TV program (or the internets) called Weeknight Dinners. It sounded pretty cool so I Googled it when I got home......here it is..... Weeknight Dinners

    Some really great photography. Although for some reason most of the photos just make me feel sad, but I've been feeling that way a lot lately. Hope you enjoy it.
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  2. donlaw

    donlaw All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Sep 14, 2012
    It is a really interesting project with fascinating faces. But overall the lighting and look of the photos seem sort of snapshot (done on purpose). I am not a big fan of flash photography except in very controlled environments or as fill flash. Plus for the most part no one looks happy here. Thanks for posting!
  3. Briar

    Briar Hall of Famer

    Oct 27, 2010
    The photos are pretty sad. Posed rather than spontaneous. That said, I'm sure I'm gonna look that sad when I have my dinner tonight .. I'm cooking and having just had a look in the oven I can safely report it's not going to go down well!

    Hope you are only suffering a little of the winter blues Luke. I've found life is a bit of a roller coaster, lots of ups and downs. Give it time and opportunity and you will find reason for cheer soon enough. On the bright side at least you don't have to eat my home cooked dinners! Take care x
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  4. Petach

    Petach Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2011
    UK, Essex
    Peter Tachauer
    Oh, lawks a lummy. The photographic style is consistent ( I rather like it) but so is the lack of any form of warmth. They look like they are only there at gunpoint or from the set of "Village of the damned" To be honest, I didn't even look at what was on their plates. My eyes and my gut emotion was drawn instantly to the lack of ease displayed by the subjects. Yes, sadness is the right description.
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  5. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    I'm feeling a Martin Parr vibe, and he is far from my favourite photographer. Luke, I think you should have a look at some of the stuff by Nigella Lawson - that's a much more uplifting journey from Monday to Friday...
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  6. Petach

    Petach Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2011
    UK, Essex
    Peter Tachauer
    I concur whole heartedly!!
  7. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    After reading about Karen's cooking, I think I'm taking the missus out for dinner tonight.
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  8. bluzcity

    bluzcity Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jul 24, 2013
    Memphis, TN
    I see the melancholy in the photos. They remind me that ideals often exceed reality. In a dark sort of way I find them amusing.
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  9. tonyturley

    tonyturley Hall of Famer

    Nov 24, 2014
    Scott Depot, WV, USA
    ". . . portraits that capture the personal connections and human qualities we all share." Really? Nothing warm or uplifting about these, IMO. The impression I got from most of these is that the photographer was seen as an intrusion.
  10. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    I had the camera handy so I thought I'd share my weeknight dinner tonight. The countdown on the timer caught my wife's attention (or is it her ire?).

    32111200623_2f3f52f0c9_b.jpg DSCF8241 by Luke, on Flickr
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  11. Richard

    Richard Top Veteran

    Feb 1, 2013
    Marlow, UK
    I think you've picked up the vibe perfectly there. Nicely morose from you and the dog, cold disdain from the missus. Composition unorthodox, colour temperature varies.

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  12. snkenai

    snkenai All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
    Stephen Noel
    Now Karen, I suspect that what's coming out of your oven, will be better than you're let'in on. you just don't want us all drop'in in on you tonight for a food party!
    And Luke, that looks like supper time at our house, one bowl meal. But the age of the dinners, does not come close. (great grand parents!)
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