Yesterday saw the launch of The Story of a House – Fables and Feasts from La Creuzette. It is the book I photographed with Francois Pistorius last year in Boussac, France.
It is nearly a year ago we received a message from dear Isabella Niehaus on a Friday evening that just read: “Do you want to go to France and photograph a book?” The following Tuesday we were at Louis and Hardy’s home in St Helena Bay photographing the West Coast chapter of the book. And right there arrangements were made for us to get to France. It was an incredible two weeks of photographing the food, the beautiful chateaux La Creuzette and immersing ourselves in the town of Boussac.
The experience would not have been the same with the people around us. Louis and Hardy for their total trust in our creative vision from the instant the first photograph was taken. And for taking care of us so warm-heartedly and kindly. DeVerra and Maya who made sure breakfast, lunch and dinner was sorted in between being photographer’s assistants and keeping us company all those late nights of editing. And Berdine for taking us around in the beautiful area around the village.
It is such a pleasure to work with Francois. He is committed, talented, seeing him work is a pleasure and he can talk so much nonsense. His eye and understanding of light is incredible. I think the magic of our collaboration is allowing each other to compose and shoot in our style. There’s no competition, no rush and as different as we are in style and personality it just works.
The Story of a House is two cookbooks in one as well as a photography and story book and I am so proud of our work in the book. Below is a selection of my photographs I am now able to share.
The Story of a House is published by Quivertree Publications and is now available at bookstores.