If you are an avid Pinterest user in Ireland (or an Instagram user for that matter), I encourage you to follow Donal Skenhan, an Irish food blogger turned food photographer and author, whose beautiful food photography is just such a joy to the eye.
It was great to read about Donal’s experience using Pinterest on the Pinterest blog last week and also to learn how his use of Pinterest inspired his new print publication ‘Feast – A Dinner Journal’. Here is an extract from the interview:
In the process of writing cookbooks, one of the things I have always done is to create moodboards to demonstrate the direction I want to take the book, from photography, fonts, jacket design and colour scheme. Doing this allows me to show a publisher or designer quite clearly what I’m hoping to achieve. It’s a super way to open the discussion on artistic direction and since Pinterest started, I no longer have to create these moodboards in photoshop. I simply create a board, pin the images I like and then invite them to the board. Really simple and very effective.
While we shoot, I also keep these Pinterest boards close by to make sure we are keeping to the direction we agreed upon. Now, anytime I have a new project or even a smidgen of a new idea, I start a board and shovel a whole pile of related pins into it, sometimes they take me somewhere, sometimes they don’t but either way I love doing it and it’s a great way to clear my head!
I actually got the idea to start my online food magazine, FEAST: A Dinner Journal, through a board I created last year simply entitled FEAST, where I had been pinning images of epic meals and dinners. The more I pinned, the more I fleshed out the idea of a magazine that would travel across Ireland to visit the artisan producers behind each seasonal course, coming together to appear in one epic FEAST at the end. A few months later, I had an editor and designer on board and the first issue was born.
Donal’s own photos and cookery shows have been an inspiration to my family for our Cooking With The Kids series of recipes.
By the way you can find details of ‘Feast – A Dinner Journal’ on the magazine’s own website and there is also now an option to purchase it on Android or iPhone devices and you can order a print edition. Looking inside a preview of the magazine I spotted The Pepperpot cafe which serves the most delicious scrambled eggs and mushrooms on their own home made bread and is located in Powerscourt Townhouse in Dublin – it’s a favourite venue of our family.
Congratulations Donal on being featured on the Pinterest blog!
Photo Credit – Donal Skehan on Pinterest