All posts by Serena @ foodfulife

About Serena @ foodfulife

I'm not quite as sexy as Nigella Lawson, or a proper chef like Jamie Oliver, but if you like to browse for hours cookbooks and wander through recipes and photographs, then this is the site for you. To find out more please visit my photographic portfolio: www.serenacarminati.com Non sono proprio sexy come Nigella Lawson, o un vero chef come Jamie Oliver, ma se anche a voi piace sfogliare per ore libri di cucina e perdervi tra ricette e fotografie, allora questo è il sito giusto per voi. Se volete saperne di più potete visitare il mio potfolio fotografico a questo indirizzo : www.serenacarminati.com

Belgian Endive On White Background

When I take a photograph it’s the passion for nature that composes the picture. An harmonious and beautiful form makes everything very easy.

Details 

Nikon D 800

ISO 100

Aperture f/8

Shutter speed 1/250 s

Onion On White Background

Trying out a white background setting for a few shoots. I decided to go opposite to the usual black and low-key photography. I am working on my food and still life portfolio, I needed a lighter series. It’s not quite there, but it’s a start!

Details 

Camera Nikon D 800

ISO 100

Shutter speed 1/200 s

Aperture f/ 14

 

A Personal Note.

I’ve been away for a while, I would like to explain why…

Two years ago my dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer and passed away shortly after being hospitalised. Last year, at the end of August, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My cancer was descovered during the first stages of the illness. Everything went well, but I’ve spent this year trying to cope with the side effects of the treatments, like pain in my arms and mood swings. I haven’t been too passive about my situation, in fact, since I was diagnosed i’ve decide to improve my life by changing diet and trying to understand the underlyning causes of the illness. I ‘ve realised that important parts of my life were stuck and I needed to sort things out in order to get better.
Changing my mindsets had a lot to do with the healing process.

The present.
I AM STRONG!
I AM HEALTHY!
I AM GRATEFUL!
I am strong because even though I know I am strong, sometimes it’s just easy to forget.
I am healthy because if I set my mind to it, I know I am going to be fine, no matter what.
I am grateful because I am here and I have learnt so much from this experience.
This is what I say to myself every morning and, believe it or not, the pain has really decreased.
Cancer is scary, illness is scary. But we have a choice. We can decide to feel sick, afraid and miserable or we can act upon those areas of our life that can be improved in order to get better. It’s ok to feel scared and sad from time to time, it happened to me several times, but it’s just a moment and it will pass. Focusing on the present moment is crucial, you need all the energies you have to get through this process.

I usually don’t like talking so much about my personal life, but sharing personal experiences might help other people in similar situations. I am still working on the process, but the treatments don’t effect me that much anymore. I feel much more in control.

I’ve also started a new project.

Please feel free to comment and share your stories, if you like. Or you can write me at foodfulife@gmail.com.

With love XX

Serena

 

Red Cabbage With Onion

I don’t know why but I never really see my still life works as still life photographs….I usually consider them more like portraits or landscapes. Still life may suggest something still, therefore lifeless…I like to consider my photographs very much alive, or at least this is what I am trying to achieve with my work. In this photograph I worked on colours and texture in order to bring the subject to life.

Details

Camera Nikon D 800

ISO 100

Aperture f/16

Shutter speed 1/60

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