Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Farmer Fred Award Runner-Up April 2013: Beautiful Food is the New Stuff

It is a special privilege as a blogger to have access to an archive of old slides and photographs. These old family photos are always fun do look through and often inspire an idea for a blog post.
The April 2013 Farmer Fred Award Runner-Up is presented to:
Beautiful Food is the New Stuff
originally posted on April 30, 2013
If you read yesterday's post, you know that I have been digging in the GriggsDakota archives to determine:
Before there was Beautiful Food photos, what was photographed? 
It was determined that while there have always been photos taken of Beautiful Food, most of the food was for special occasions and often it was accompanied in the photo by smiling faces. Food was not the star.
The food preserved by photographers of bygone generations tell us that the food was secondary to the event. 
(fyi: the girl above is not the Farm Inspector, but her mother)
However the question remains:  What else was photographed. Before the era of picture perfect plates, what did people take pictures of? 
My research has yielded discovery.
When on vacation, pictures were taken of scenery. It was considered educational. Although there are a few vacation photos with food, it is never the main focus. But vacations are not the star.
 Photos of flowers, both indoors and out, are common subjects. Outdoor flowers tend to reflect the change of seasons, like Spring blossoms and apples on trees. But they are not the stars.
The weather is documented in the archives, just as it still is in GriggsDakota. 
Some photos in the archives capture the spectacular, like the famous North Dakota Blizzard of 1966. All of these subjects are part of the supporting cast to the star subject, before it was cool to take pictures of your food.
The star of the archives is Beautiful Stuff. 
Stuff in the garage. 
Pretty little Stuff on the shelf, 
And the shelf. 
The shelf from various angles and in various light. 
Many different shelves.
 I'm sure this Beautiful Stuff is stunning in the dark.
 There are photos of projects, which is cool Stuff.
 And the mess it took to get their Beautiful Stuff together.
There are photos of chairs. 
Chair after Beautiful chair.
Sometimes there is Beautiful Stuff in the chair.
Sometimes the chair and the Stuff are hardly noticeable. 
Overall, I have a better understanding of why folks now take endless photos of Beautiful Food around the world and in GriggsDakota. Beautiful Food is the new star.
Beautiful Food is the new Stuff.

1 comment:

  1. Love it! Love the "old" pictures. The stories they tell.