19th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
"The Restaurateur" was taken in my studio. I had asked the subject, Ali El Safy, owner of Vido Bistro, to pose for a series of portraits on small business people I was shooting. It was his idea to bring the meat. I borrowed the cleaver from our kitchen and the rest was easy. It is a very simple shot with grey background and two studio lights. The photo subjects often generate the strongest ideas for portraits.
"The Restaurateur" truly stood out from this year's group of portraits. The combination of dramatic studio lighting and seemingly menacing subject made us ponder the story behind this photo and left a memorable impression.
- Veronica Weber