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Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Past, Present and Future Tense

New year is always a time of partying and celebration with friends and family. But on a personal and professional level it is also a time of reflection and evaluation; of planning and regrouping; of refreshment and renewed inspiration. And it is in this reflective spirit that we have decided to ask each one of the four Plate to Page workshop presenters to look back at 2010 to tell us what they feel they have achieved; as well as forward at 2011 to share with us some of their goals for the coming year. Today we hear from Meeta, the skilled photographer with a powerful and distinct style behind What's For Lunch, Honey? and Meeta K. Wolff Photography. The other posts in the series so far are from Jeanne of CookSister! and Ilva Beretta of Lucullian Delights and Ilva Beretta Photography. Stay tuned for the last of the posts in the series this week.


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Here we are standing on the cusp of a new year, getting ready to paint a new picture on a clean white canvas. When I look at the untouched canvas in front of me, it fills me with excitement, but it makes me nervous at the same time. I have no idea what my picture will look like when it is completed. One never does, but I see the vivid and wonderful colors in front of me and it fills me with hope, inspiration and motivation to paint a picture better than the last one.
I look back at the picture that was 2010. My biggest goal for the year was to showcase and promote my photography more professionally. There was much to tackle and a lot to take into consideration, but with tiny steps, I was able to inch my way towards that goal. The first thing on my to do list was to create a professional-looking portfolio and once Meeta K. Wolff Photography went live, I knew my work had only just started. The steps I generally take are small but, I hope, well thought out and with a purpose. My aim is not to reach the peak in record time but to use the road that I am travelling as an important learning experience, collecting as much information and learning as many lessons along the way as I can.
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2010 was an incredible year in that respect. Besides confronting the challenges as well as the processes of putting a photography portfolio together, I learnt (and am still learning) how to market my portfolio selectively and systematically to prospective clients.
Being stagnant is not my thing. It has always been a part of my nature to move forward and even if I am not taking huge leaps forward, I have to know I am moving in that direction. My mind needs to be occupied with new things and it needs its stimulation.
“Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.” ~ Søren Kierkegaard
Photography and writing are two vital components in my life that nourish and stimulate me creatively. I took my photography down a different route in 2010. While staying true to my style, I focused on the individual elements involved in taking a photo and experimented out of my comfort zone. Light, for example, is in my opinion one of the most important aspect of taking a good photo. In 2009 I experimented with artificial light, trying to grasp the different elements and characteristics to take into consideration when shooting with studio lighting. In 2010 I went back to natural light but with the purpose of discovering the darker side.
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Moody and temperamental images were my aim and the way I wanted to tackle that was using light and filtering it into my shots to evoke the desired atmosphere. I experimented on many different levels, running around the house with plates of food at different times of the day;  and using scrims, colored reflectors and camera filters to see how the light changed and affected my image. It was fun, frustrating and involved a lot of running around! However, once I began building up a process and found attributes that worked well together, I liked the final results. After all the experimenting and honing my skills further, the biggest gratification is being able to add this new genre to my photography repertoire.
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Resolutions are not really my forte - instead I like weaving plans and setting goals. 2011 is going to be a good year: I can feel it. And I have a few plans and projects that I would like to realize in this new year. From Plate to Page is just one of the spectacular colors in my palette with which I plan to paint my canvas in 2011.
With this I would like to wish you all brilliant and vivid colors for your own canvas in the coming year. Paint 2011 like you would never have dared. Step out of your comfort zone and dare to try something you have always wanted to do.
My motto in life: “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you’ll land amongst the stars.” ~ Les Brown
Happy New Year!

12 comments:

You are such an inspiration, Meeta - to me and many others! I love how you consciously took your style in a totally different direction this year - if you're careful all the time then what's it worth?? ;) I look forward to all our projects that we have planned this year, my sweet and talented sister!

Brilliant and inspiring! I have learned so much about myself by watching you, watching how you, your writing and photography have evolved and it has inspired me to reach for the stars, shoot for the moon as well. You are a rare talent in the food blogging world, both writer and photographer, yet instead of being a daunting presence you inspire others to work harder towards achieving their own goals. 2011 will be an amazing year!

Meeta you amaze me and I have so much to learn... You are truly an inspiration to me... And I'm glad I'm going to be a part of P2P this may and learn from you!hugsx..I'm going thro a rough patch and I'm learning to emerge stronger from you my friend!2011 will bring you all the success you deserve.. Mwah

A beautiful bout of reflection, Meeta! I am just so happy that I found you and have been so inspired by your work.

You are a shining inspiration to me, who's just began to taste the vast opportunities of blogging. You aspire me to get a clear direction and to search for my own voice. I look forward to the workshop and finally get a chance to meet you and the other talented ladies.

Terrific photographs and a wonderfully reflective post! I can just imagine the excitement you are feeling as you enter this new year. Best of luck to you.

You shine, you shine. What a HUGE inspiration you are to us all Meeta. Luv luv Michael

Thank you everyone for all the touching comments!

Jeanne: those wise words are written on a post-it and stuck to my notebook! I too look forward to a roller-coaster 2011 with you.

Jamie: Thanks so much for these words. I often find it hard to believe how much I have developed. But a you and the other girls are a constant support and incredible motivators. You make me believe that the moon is ready to grasp!

Arthi: Thanks so much. The rough patches in our lives makes us stronger and wiser. Looking forward to seeing you in May.

Brian: I am happy to have found you too. Your support and motivation always touches me. I hope we can meet soon!

Ken: Lovely lovely words and you make me blush! So looking forward to finally seeing you in May! Expect many hugs!

Cheryl: Thanks so much! Stick with us for the ride ;o)

Michael: you make me shine ;o) luv luv!

Meeta,

You are definitely a great inspiration for me. I, too, would like to really focus on my photography this year; I know I can do it, I just need to focus and not just shoot. Lighting seems to be my constant battle and I need to beat it. I love your work because of the moody look to your photos; different, and memorable! Keep up the brilliant job!

Denise, thank you so much for your comment. I find that when one makes easy to reach goals one is motivated to tackle the bigger things in life - simply because the smaller steps we take will lead us to the bigger things in life. The same applies to photography - focus on one aspect of photography at a time and make sure you master it. Lighting is the most important aspect and if you "tame it" you have won the biggest battle of all.
Wishing you all the best with your photography!

Dear Meeta,your passion shows in all that you do. I'm sure things will get even better for you this year. I wish you all the very best in all your upcoming ventures.

Hugs,
Sunita

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