Despite the multiple arguments within Richard Whelen’s article, I believe that the photograph of the falling soldier by Robert Capa is overall authentic and not staged. The argument behind whether or not this photograph was staged or not is a very important one as this photograph ultimately became the first photograph to capture the death of a man during a war. Overall, just by looking at the position of the man within the photograph it is very hard to maintain the position he was in with a sitting position falling down and also like Captain Robert L. Frank stated in his conversation with Whelen, it is hard for a man to know how to curl his fingers like he was in the photograph consciously. A photograph Robert Capa’s photograph can be compared to is Alex Gardner’s Home of a Rebel Sharpshooter in which it was fairly clearly staged. In the photograph Gardner left many notable signs that it was staged such as the positioning of gun against the rocks and the orientation of the soldier facing the viewer. In comparison, Capa’s photograph on the other hand still leaves a lot to be answered when looking at the possibilities of it being staged as unlike Gardner’s photograph ultimately left controversial evidence of it being staged as a lot of these things would be very hard to recreate.
This is a slice of opera cake from Balthazar Boulangerie.
This is a slice Mon Gateau Fine Bakery and Cafe.
The first bakery I decided to visit was Balthazar Boulangerie located at 80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012. The bakery had a very French style to it with multiple breads lining the walls on shelves and multiple pastries and cakes on display in glass cases. There were also baskets of baguettes as well as many pastry chefs working in plain sight of the customers. The second bakery I visited was the Mon Gateau Fine Bakery and Cafe located at 8101 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209. The bakery in comparison to Balthazar, is a more modernized bakery with a section with glass cases lined with pastries and cakes which was followed by a section with a multitude of breads.
The image is of an oyakodon which is a Japanese rice bowl dish consisting of egg, chicken, scallions and various other ingredients used as a garnish. In English oyakodon literally means parent child bowl and is supposed to be a representation of life. In this photograph the the egg is placed on top the rice serving as a canvas for the garnishes in a sense. On top of the egg, are the fish cakes which are sliced julienne and then sprinkled around the egg like grass. On top of that is a combination of the sliced scallion and sliced seaweed which represent life as plant life. Finally the slices of pickled radishes represent the sun which represents how the sun provides energy for everything on the Earth.
This is a Greek yogurt served alongside granola and a combination of blueberries and raspberries. The texture of the yogurt is very thick and viscous similar to the texture of whipped cream. The granola provides a rough texture due to the dryness of the oats and is also rough due to the clumping of multiple pieces. The raspberries on the plate are firm on the outside and squishy the harder you pinch the berry. There are also little bits of furry bristles on the outside skin of the berry that feels like a gentle brush like feel to the berry. The blueberries are similar to the texture of the raspberries, but without the feel of the bristles on the outside. Instead there is just a smooth firm outer layer protecting squishy insides of the berry. Together the parfait creates a mixture of mouth feel textures mixing of textures where biting into granola helps create a crunch while everything else provides a smoother melt in your mouth type feel.
Social media nowadays spreads every piece of information that goes through it once, all around the world being accessible to anybody with internet access in a matter of seconds affecting all fields of work and study, along with the hospitality field being no exception. I believe that social media is ultimately a great addition to the arsenals of the hospitality business, allowing them to spread and promote what is unique and special about their own business whether it be a new food trend or a new spin on a well-known recipe. Apps like Snapchat for example now have certain feeds that provide information on the newest food trends providing recipes, restaurant suggestions and more food related content update on a daily basis.
I personally think that ultimately social media is mostly a positive addition to the hospitality field as it is healthy for both producer and consumer allowing companies to get their information across to the consumer and allowing them to continue spreading what they want to in order to get people’s attention in a relatively fast manner. I enjoy taking photos of the food that I make and eat and also enjoy looking on social media at what friends and celebrities are eating too, always finding something new that catches my eye and drawing me in.