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  • Writer's pictureRobin Yong

Ricette di Cucina 烹飪食譜 調理レシピ

Updated: Jan 14

Italian cuisine (Italian: cucina italiana, pronounced[kuˈtʃiːnaitaˈljaːna]) is a Mediterranean cuisine consisting of the ingredients, recipes and cooking techniques developed across the Italian Peninsula and later spread around the world together with waves of Italian diaspora.

One of the main characteristics of Italian cuisine is its simplicity, with many dishes made up of few ingredients, and therefore Italian cooks often rely on the quality of the ingredients, rather than the complexity of preparation.

The most popular dishes and recipes, over the centuries, have often been created by ordinary people more so than by chefs, which is why many Italian recipes are suitable for home and daily cooking, respecting regional specificities, privileging only raw materials and ingredients from the region of origin of the dish and preserving its seasonality.

Gioacchino Sparrone is an old friend of mine. She's Italian and prefers non-masked costumes and painted faces during Carnevale. In real life, she works as a cook in a school so one year during Carnevale, she came in a cooking themed costume. As usual, we did a few candid portraits on the streets of Venice.

This is the real Venice Carnevale, with original costumes and photo ideas from local Italians. And like Italian cuisine using only the simplest and freshiest ingredients, the photos are done using natural lighting only. No flash, artificial lighting or reflectors used in this simple portrait series.

Natural lighting in Venice is generally subtle and soft, making it perfect for outdoor portraits. The street backdrops make it easy for all kinds of portraits.

Sometimes, to showcase a brilliant costume, I like to take photographs directly in front of a dark tunnel or alley. With the correct direction of natural lighting in place, this becomes our natural daylight studio. I don't have much camera equipment, still relying on borrowed stuff most times. But I try to make do with what I have and to make what isn't made in other places.

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