William Eggleston 

According to an Italian restaurant chain, Carluccio’s, MOF MOF is the abbreviation for “Minimum Of Fuss, Maximum Of Flavour”, I chirped to Hubbie who was fiddling with his Leica as we waited for our early supper at Carluccio’s by Tate Modern, Bankside. ‘World is full of abbreviations nowadays, isn’t it?’ I tried in my earnest to get his attention but the effort appeared to be futile. Then, a cheerful (& handsome) waiter approached our table with a plate of aranchinos which we ordered as a shared starter. Since Hubbie’s attention seemed to be miles away, I decided to amuse myself with playing with Hipstamatic on my iPhone…

Hmmm… The image reminds me the works by William Eggleston, I mused before sticking my knife and fork into the delectable balls.

William Eggleston is an American photographer and my all time favourite. He is the pioneer of colour photography and the influence of his works still resonates strongly, especially in fashion photography. 

These are some of the images from William Eggleston by Herve Chandes, the director of the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain.

In this book, his atmospheric works depict moments of a mundane life in the 70s America. However, it is more than just a sociology study of the Post War USA.

On each print, the hue, which is deliberately over saturated, acts like a trigger-point. The trigger-point to induces an inward journey of its beholder to search for a fragment of personal memory, a strangely vague but definitely “I had been there” kind of dejavu feeling.

I was fortunate enough to visit his retrospective exhibition at Hayward Gallery in 2002. The show exhibited more 200 of his work between the 60s to the 80s. It is a great shame that none of the major galleries in London hasn’t hosted any retrospective show of that scale ever since. I love London but I would rather live in NYC or Paris when it comes to photography…

‘Who has ordered Seabass?’ I was pulled back to the reality by the waitress. ‘Oh it’s me!’

And Hubbie’s risotto…

Then, we wrapped up our supper by sharing meringue with raspberries…

I wish if I were basking in the hazy sunshine of William Eggleston’s 70s California, I ruefully glanced at the grey sky behind the window pane of the restaurant. What has happened to our sprummer!!

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

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