• 3.4.11

    Emily Nathan for Vogue Australia Living

    Emily Nathan captures the San Francisco food collective OPENrestaurant for the March/April issue of Vogue Australia Living. The project was started by Stacie Pierce, Jerome Waag, and Sam White, all part of the Chez Panisse restaurant staff. It mixes the avant garde art scene with the organic and sustainable food culture of the Bay Area. OPENrestaurant explores issues around food and society by turning the restaurant into an artistic medium and making it available to cooks, farmers, artists, and activists. The collective meets one night every few months to enjoy local food and to discuss a specific issue.

    Nathan photographed the collective in a warehouse in Allameda on the edge of the bay. Many of the collective's resources and food come directly from the bay. Nathan captured the chaos and bustle of the event with a digital medium format camera and a 35 mm. She wanted it to be more lifestyle rather than a standard food shoot. Nathan calls the piece "a fun but sophisticated story with a documentary element."

    The March/April issue of Vogue Living Australia is on newsstands now.

    See more of Emily Nathan's photography here.

    Publication: Vogue Living Australia
    Issue: March/April
    Photography: Emily Nathan

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