An empty vessel….making very little noise…


At a time when much of the surrounding world is flooded, I am feeling completely drained. I am content, but without impetus. This inertia has led me to take pictures of inert and empty objects. In truth, most of my subject matter is inert. Food tends to be still, unless it is still alive or being thrown. I relish the quality of light in these sunless, grey days. 


I have been shooting a series of spoons, following a brief for a possible book cover. The brief demanded an empty spoon on a contrasting surface. The simplicity of the idea appeals to me and has led to my favourite “prop” spoon spending more time than usual out of the cupboard.



About Food,Photography & France

Photographer and film maker living in France. After a long career in London, my wife and I have settled in the Vendee, where we run residential digital photography courses with a strong gastronomic flavour.
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50 Responses to An empty vessel….making very little noise…

  1. Mad Dog says:

    Invite Uri Geller for tea – the spoons will shriek 😉

  2. Great spoon/pictures.

  3. Jen says:

    I love these. Really special. And pretty.

  4. light and shadow and a talented photographer brings a sensuous delight to the lowly spoon!

  5. It’s hard to be sure, but let’s say that the first and second of these are black-and-white; the third is obviously a colour image. While normally I would be drawn immediately to b/w, in this case I really like the extra feeling of depth in the third one, which is still essentially monochromatic.

    Nice to have a little bit of asceticism after all that lovely grub!

  6. jmcheney says:

    That beautiful last one will join Diebenkorn, Frankenthaler, Avery & Hockney in my Pacek jigsaw puzzle file. I will work it out on this very grey cold. Your photographs are perfection. Merci beaucoup!

  7. These ought to get you the book cover job, Roger, if you don’t already have it. The first one is my favorite.

  8. cecilia says:

    I know you did not ask, but I love that second one. Very subtle. Now I must away and bottle some beer. c

  9. lulu says:

    Roger, I love your spoons, but most of all I love how you’ve made ordinary extraordinary. I so wish I could take one of your workshops.

  10. Beautiful and it looks like a spoon that has had a good life with many (food) stories to tell!

  11. catterel says:

    I do like the dynamic, 3-D effect of that first one. Edle Einfalt und stille Grösse.

  12. I like the different light and hues in each photo.

  13. I like the warmth in the third one – makes me feel like grabbing the spoon and using it to eat some of that Bird’s custard you like so much 🙂

  14. Amanda says:

    These are beautiful. I like the metaphor and the photos. Well done!

  15. Vicki says:

    The images are so beautiful (in their simplicity) and I love the light – so soft.

    Almost impossible to find that kind of light here (in Australia). Maybe up on the high mountains on a cold wintery morn might fit the bill.

  16. Fig & Quince says:

    Your prop spoon is quite handsome. I like the shots a lot. Would just a book very favorably if they were the cover (my favorite is the last one.)

  17. Roger, this is a beautiful image-poem on the silver spoon!!!

  18. Michelle says:

    If one has to have grey (days), then at least one can have those beautiful spoons.

  19. “This Spoon Should Not Be Empty” should be the title of the book with part of the proceeds going to world hunger projects. Whether that’s remotely true, I do not know, but that’s the first thing that came to mind with a little memory from your previous posts.

  20. It is wonderful to come across a photographer who loves the light in a grey day. I long for the unsubtle, full-on blue-sky diamond-clear days.
    But they are a daydream at the moment…

  21. Sharon says:

    At last a positive comment about the current grey light. Maybe I should try something similar because it’s all getting a bit much now.

  22. I love spoons, one of my favorite photos still is three spoons tied together with twine.. your single spoon looks lonely:) Love your photography.. as always!

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