The Burn: Jane Fulton Alt

Having gone through a physical and emotional transformation in the last few years, Jane Fulton Alt's The Burn project spoke to me immediately. When I saw her images, I was drawn to them. I could somehow relate in a metaphorical sense to the idea of burning-- that these trees, shrubs needed to die in order for rebirth to happen. There is a spiritual quality to her photographs. I don't sense fear like a raging fire image that I would normally see in the news. They are beautifully composed, delicate and sensitive. When she captured fire with its amber colored flames dancing dangerously from a distance, she often used them as a backdrop against the blackened shrubs and twigs in the foreground. The focus seems to always be in the the moments of transformation. The first photograph below of a smoke engulfed single charred tree is one of my favorite images. When I went down to Los Angeles for Paris Photo LA in April, I was thrilled to find out that Jane was going to be there to sign her book. The Burn was one of those that I didn't even hesitate to purchase because the work just spoke to me deeply. I just wished I was able to articulate to her in person how I felt about her work.

Publisher: Kehrer Verlag

Doreen Fernandez on Food Writing

Doreen Gamboa-Fernandez
©2002 Stella Kalaw

Obviously, it was not the vocabulary that counted , or even the diction, the syntax, the sentence structure. It was getting to the reader through the words to the experience. It was choosing the words that echoed, that reverberated--umaalingawgaw. And then it was making the readers hear the silence between the echoes, and themselves load them with memory, sensation and finally meaning. The words need not even be descriptive at all. One may not even need to say luscious, succulent, savory. Very often the words themselves carry the evocativeness.

Writing about Food: Savor the Word, Swallow the World
From the book, Tikim: Essays on Philippine Food and Culture