Jack Spicer Adams interview
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?
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: