1. says

    Those are really awesome! Love the composition and light. Looks like natural light (I see the shapes of what appear to be 3 windows in the reflections).

  2. voyager says

    I absolutely love these shots. The composition is brilliant for both, but the collection of odd spoons riding the wave of woodgrain in the second photo is totally enchanting. It brings to mind Paul Simon’s song Diamonds on the Soles of her Feet…’she makes the sign of teaspoon, he makes the sign of the wave.’

  3. blf says

    Heh, the spice picture reminds me of one of the stalls in the Sunday morning outdoor market here. A large table (3m or so long and 1m-ish wide) completely covered with open containers and sacks of various spices (and, or course, a scale (boring modern electronic unit, not a balance with weights — which would be neat!)). Very colourful, albeit the smell is muted — I suspect the spices, being frequently exposed to the open air for hours at a time, have “dried out” or whatever, and probably aren’t too potent. (I’ve never bought anything there for that reason, preferring a different stall at a different market, where the spices are sealed into pre-measured plastic bags — not quite as colourful to look at, but more practical to sell / buy the stuff.) The first vendor’s large open spice container display is eye-catchingly bright.

  4. rq says

    Hello, Saad! You have a lovely collection of spoons.
    There’s so much in the tea photo behind all the props -- the process, the care, the ritual, the peace.
    The spices are far more restful, and I love the yellow refected in the handle of its spoon.
    The colours in both are very full and fragrant and textured, and the composition is finely balanced. ♥

  5. dakotagreasemonkey says

    Top photo: cardamom (with the opened, empty pod) and dried whole ginger root. The Cast Iron teapot is simply gorgeous, and the cord wrapped chopsticks, sugar cubes, and separated tea ball only accentuate the loose tea. I want to taste the crystal clear cup of tea, and contemplate the origin of the stones.
    2nd picture: Fresh rosemary and purple basil leaves at the top, play nicely with the wood and the spoons.
    The Cumin in the round bowled spoon fits the whorl of the wood amazingly well.
    The Dill Weed in the next spoon compliments the fresh Rosemary, and starts the bright earth colors of the Paprika and Turmeric spoons, (I love the little ceramic insert in the Turmeric spoon).
    Poppy Seed next, draws colors of both the light and dark woods to the center, though very subtly.
    The Red spoon is very hard to identify. I’m going to go with fresh, just picked black pepper, in the early stages of drying. Clearly they are fruits, I can see stems in several, and several are partially dry, though most are still wet from harvest.
    Last spoon appears to be Coriander seed.
    Thanks for the opportunity to identify whole spices!

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