I'm a believer in personal projects. Just shooting "to be creative" is too wide for me. I need to narrow my focus down to something that I can conceptualise, and more importantly, sustain over months or years. Wax Lyrical is a project on musicians that I've been doing since 2001. I don't shoot for it often, but when I do I enjoy it tremendously. It has spawned two exhibitions in 2001 and 2002.
However, since I've been shooting a lot of food, I've been working with chefs a lot the last decade, and they're every bit as passionate about their game, as musicians are. During my work on "A touch of Rooibos", the idea started to form that I want to do a project just on chefs. Stereotyping of chefs abound, but I found that though they share some similarities, there is so much personality in each one, it's worth a portrait. Also, since cheffing has become quite the celebrity game, people has since also started to like looking at pics of chefs.