吉姆 JIM HOFMAN | Photography Faces & places in China

Behind the Kitchen Door

I was curious about how a restaurant kitchen looks and operates in China.  I tested 3 restaurants that I frequent and was able to get access to the kitchen in two all of them.  Apparently the local Dumpling House wants to guard their secret recipes from the paparazzi.  There was a “lost in translation” moment when I asked to photograph the Dumpling House kitchen.  The owner tried to tell me the kitchen was too busy & crowded to photograph.  I went back again after the lunch rush to get some shots and I realized how small it was!

This little photo essay is an exercise in “compare and contrast” between two three very different kitchens on polar ends of the spectrum.  The large one is the “Fashion Food” restaurant in Gongming and the second is the Dumpling House and the third is the  outdoor BBQ restaurant in my village.  Very different experiences.

I shot the larger kitchens with an 8mm fisheye lens to grab as much activity as possible.
Fashion Food Restaurant – Gongming, China

 

 

 

 The Dumpling House – Changzhen Village, China

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The BBQ Restaurant – Changzhen Village, China

 

 

 

One Response to Behind the Kitchen Door

  1. Rob Eddy says:

    This is great stuff Jim – I especially like the dumpling house – you can feel the energy and bustle in those shots and the fish-eye lens helps to capture everything!

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