Or Vegetables are an art . . . either way, there are some rocking lettuces in the veggie garden at the moment. The Broccoli is starting to form up nicely, there are still chillis coming along despite the cold weather, and the peach tree has decided it's just going to flower all the time. Cause it can.
Part of my art practise is photography. I'm not a guru - ask me about aperture for example and I can give you an overview, but for the full run-down consult a book please (or google) because I'm at that stage where I know what it does, I just don't know how to explain it to others.
What vegetables have to do with photography, and what photography has to do with vegetables, is probably a big question in your mind right now.
Home-grown food is not a first-world norm any more.
And it should be.
How some parts of human race have become so blasé about the food they put in their mouths and their lack of understanding about where their next meal is coming from (not where the money to buy the meals coming from - the actual meal itself) is one of the most incredible phenomenons of our time.
Don't believe me? Good - here's a challenge.
What are you going to eat for your very next meal? Will it be home-made, or takeaway? Out of a jar? Will it be at a restaurant? Do you know where any of the ingredients have come from? (The scary question is do you know what all the ingredients even are . . ? )
Do you know what you are eating and where on the globe it has come from?
I think the answer is probably "no".
Sometimes, for me the answer is no. For everyone in our society today, most of the time the answer is "no". Probably - sadly - followed by, "And I don't care".
In our society today, vegetables have sort of become some of those things that only hippies and greenies grow, along with free love and marijuana. Real people don't grow them. Sensible people don't grow them.
50 years ago everyone grew them. Spuds in the back yard. Carrots. Tomatoes. The old passion fruit vine over the outside dunny. 50 years ago it was embarrassing if your vegetables had to come from the other side of the world. Now, somehow, it seems to be embarrassing if they don't. (WTF???!!!)
Why is it no longer socially normal to grow as much of your own food as possible? It's certainly cheaper. And healthier; all that time spent outside, that knowledge of where your food originates and more importantly, what pesticides etc have been put on your food before it gets to your plate. Not to mention the freshness factor.
One day, I would like to have an exhibition featuring images of vegetables. In a gallery. Inviting all the world to see my dirty little secret; I love vegetables, but I'm not a hippy. I grow vegetables, but I'm not a "greenie". I'm a thinking human being with a healthy respect for my body and what I put in it, and a healthy respect for my world and what I put in that. I photograph vegetables, because they are beautiful plants.
Knowing what your food is and where it has come from, plus understanding a little of the journey it has taken on the way, is not embarrassing. It's not the white elephant in the room. It shouldn't be that odd humanising grain of truth people mention about you when they introduce you to others . . ."This is Jane. She grows her own vegetables. Locally."
Understanding your food's journey to you is sensible. It's intelligent. It shows that you have the ability to use your brain; that you are not just a mindless consumption machine.
So yes, photography and vegetables do go together - because anything that can make you aware of what you are putting in your mouth has got to be a good thing. And if it can make you value it . . . even better.
Let's set those veggies up on a pedestal . . . starting in the back yard.