Postcard Of The Week: Still Life Travel Photography ~ A “Taste” Of Jamaican Ackee

Still life photography – yet another photography genre – is the depiction of inanimate objects, that are either man made or natural.

And still life travel photography depicts objects that manage to give a sense of place.

As easy at it may seem, still life photography is probably among the most difficult: because the object being captured is still, there is higher emphasis on the technical aspects of the photo, such as lighting and composition.

Shot one bright afternoon in Aperture Priority at f/1.8, ISO 400, 1/1600s | Some "ackee" on display at a roadside fruit stand. Ackee is Jamaica's national fruit and is used to cook the national dish "ackee and saltfish" which is usually served for breakfast.

The “openness” of the fruit on display spoke to me – in Jamaica everyone knows that ackee is not to be prepared or picked unripe or forced open, as it contains toxins until it reaches a ripe state. The first sign of a ready ackee is to see the fruit naturally open, with the red outer skin splitting to reveal the flesh and seeds, as above.

To prepare the national ish “ackee and saltfish,” salt cod is sautéed with boiled ackee, onions, peppers, tomatoes, and other spices, such as black pepper and pimiento. It usually is served with breadfruit, dumplings and fried plantains or boiled green bananas.

A Jamaican Breakfast: A delicious plate of ackee (in the center) and saltfish, with dumplings, breadfruit and boiled bananas. Cooked, the ackee looks like scrambled eggs.

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Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning writer, photographer, and blogger specializing in the Caribbean region. Her work is regularly published in major travel publications, including AFAR, CNN, Delta Sky, and Lonely Planet, among others. A self-professed "culture-holic," Lily left her native Ethiopia at age one, fast developing a passion for the expat life. In 2008, she ditched her US corporate law career for the road and created Sunshine and Stilettos— a travel photography blog showcasing authentic ways to experience the Caribbean, through culture and nature. Lily has since partnered with multiple travel brands and tourism boards, and also authors major print guidebooks on three Caribbean destinations, including Belize, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica.

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  1. April D. Thompson 1 June, 2011 at 1:33 AM #

    Awesome photo! Really makes me miss Jamaica and the food.

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