Jack Spicer Adams interview

1st May, 2013 | admin | Food


This is the first in our series of interviews with friends of soul food. This month we have been talking to the guy who takes all our pictures; Jack Spicer Adams…

Q. How long have you been a photographer?

A. I’ve been taking pictures since I was about 15 when my dad got me into it and lent me his digital camera. I started doing it professionally when I left college and didn’t want to go to university at 19. Yeah so it’s 6 years now and I still love it.

Q. How long have you been working with Soul Food?

A. I’ve been with Soul Food since the very start, I remember the first weekend when it started in the Hare & Hounds, it wasn’t long after that when they asked me to come and take pictures of the food and then the events. I like looking back at old Soul Food Project pictures because I can clearly see how I’ve progressed as a photographer as well as the food and the presentation has progressed.

Q. What do you enjoy about working with Soul Food?

A. I love food photography, it’s probably my favourite thing to photograph, I think it helps being interested in your subject and I am definitely interested in food. But you guys are great to work for, you are full of ideas and creativity and you basically give me free reign to take pictures how I want. I don’t feel at all restricted when I work for Soul Food, it’s just really relaxed and a lot of fun.

Q. What’s your favourite picture you’ve taken for us?

I love this one:


I love the colours in it, I love how the red and the yellow of the sauces are mixing, it really makes it stand out. It shows off what it is, a real sexy massive messy burger.

Q. Is that your favourite dish?

No, My favourite dish has got to the Hush Puppies, I can’t get over those crunchy, tasty, doughy babies.

Q. Do you want to tell us about what happened with you and Craig Charles?

A. Do I have to?

Q. Yes.

A. Ok so it was the Soul Food Project Mardi Gras party a couple of years ago, I was taking pictures and Craig Charles was DJing to a full room at the Hare & Hounds, it was amazing, everyone was dancing, having a great time and I went up on stage to get a picture of Craig and the crowd. I stepped on the wire and pulled the plug out of the wall, the music stopped, everything went off and I was left standing there in front of 300 people with Craig Charles looking less than pleased. My instant reaction was to curl up into a defence ball and hope no-one noticed. Of course EVERYONE noticed and Carl and Matt have never let me live it down.

I did get this pretty cool picture of the moment it happened though: