Sanctuary, Photo by Carl-Philppe Juste / Iris PhotoCollective
Sanctuary, Photo by Carl-Philppe Juste / Iris PhotoCollective

The peace and resilience Dena Lowell has gained inspire her to create challenging photo projects. Food is a subject that’s close to her heart.

 

Photo Essay: Kitchen Builds Community

Kitchen Builds Community, Photo by Dena Lowell / Big Picture Fellow
Kitchen Builds Community, Photo by Dena Lowell / Big Picture Fellow

Nothing unites us more than food: the communal table is part of our culture, history and humanity.  No matter who or where in the world one is from, breaking bread and feasting with others is a visceral and joyous activity. We satisfy our basic instincts, while celebrating each other and Earth’s bounty.  

Food’s journey from farm to fork is powered by the labor of people from all walks of lives, colors and nationalities, as demonstrated at our restaurant.

We live in a dynamic region where chefs and those who devote themselves to the culinary arts cultivate relationships that bridge divides of race and class.

A restaurant is a microcosm of the world, and the hospitality business, particularly the food industry, serves a vital role as a community builder. 

Every day, I witness how a diverse group of people work together to create something wonderful for others.

These photos try to tell the stories of some of the many different workers whose labors enhance our lives and influence the food we eat. –Dena Lowell

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