Shantanu | Litfest A Food and Drinks Literacy Festival at Ballymaloe

When I was a young lad, I wanted to be friends with every person I could. It wasn't just the cute freckly one with the pigtails or the boy with the best slingshot collection - I wanted to play with all the kids. I could never focus on just one story, or follow just one whim.

Those afternoons spent building different sandpit castles introduced me to kids who taught me to swing like a monkey through the trees. Meeting someone who 'spoke' sign language taught me how to kiss a girl for the first time.

I ran and swam and drew and sung, and with each pretend world I entered, just for a moment, I would become part of that person.

Many years on, I try to apply the same principals to my photography. Remain diverse. Over the years an openness to try anything, even just once, has allowed me to photograph for everyone from leading designers in New York City to Indigenous communities in rural Australia, European cooking entrepreneurs to African landscapes.

I’ve shared chianti on Italian porches, drunk home-brew beer on Brooklyn stoops and hot chai in Indian slum doorways. The lens is an equalizer that knows no race, class or background. And for me, those are the stories I want to be part of.

Years at Litfest: 2016


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About Litfest

Litfest - A Food and Drinks Literacy Festival at Ballymaloe is a weekend filled with fascinating facts, inspirational stories, intriguing discussions, incredible knowledge, fantastic music, fabulous dancing and of course, delicious food and drinks.
It is the only festival of its kind in Ireland and has created an important hub for food and drinks enthusiasts worldwide to meet and share ideas with each other.

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