How To Get Inspired By Eating Chocolate

No, this is not another one of those hormone-induced love notes to chocolate. Bear with me here!

I’m in Washington DC for a business trip this week. The city is bustling with even more police and people because China’s president is here for a state dinner.  While my business trips don’t typically leave much room for leisure, my boss and I took a stroll after eating dinner. (By the way…if you’re ever in DC and want some Thai food, the chicken panang at The Regent was ama-zing.)

We came across a small chocolate shop called biagio, which was hidden at the bottom of some side-street stairs.  Here’s a photo of one of the many displays of chocolate they had.

There were so many different varieties to choose from, but I decided on this one. Any guesses on what flavor it was?

Give up yet? It was Peanut Butter and Jelly! Yep…that childhood favorite all bundled up into a crust of dark chocolate. It was ridiculously good. And it also inspired me more than I could have imagined at first glance. Here are 3 lessons I learned from this one piece of chocolate.

  1. Old can be revitalized into new. In this case, an old combination of peanut butter and jelly was made new in a piece of chocolate.  This is great inspiration for photography. Shots of the same old subject or landscape can be taken in a fresh new way. Try this the next time you take a photo: shoot the subject in color, black & white, and digital macro and compare the three. Does the subject project the same emotion in each one? Or is it different?
  2. The unexpected can be exciting. This chocolate was not your run-of-the-mill boxed version. It took something familiar (PB&J) and packaged it in a way I was not expecting. This idea can also translate into photography. Try inserting something unexpected into your next photo. A colorful rain boot in your flower garden. Or maybe a rubber ducky in your bowl of oranges. I like to call these misfit photos.
  3. Experiment with what you know first. Peanut butter and jelly has been a well-loved combination since Adam and Eve. Ok, maybe not that long, but it’s been around a while. Why not take something you know you love and make modifications from there? It worked for chocolate and it can work for photography. I love taking digital macro pictures. I started out by doing just nature shots in this way, but soon discovered that experimenting with man-made subjects in digital macro is even more exciting. Take the photo technique you love the most and start experimenting. You never know what you’ll come up with.
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About Wendy from Suburban Misfit

Social Media Manager by day; blogger and amateur photographer by night.
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4 Responses to How To Get Inspired By Eating Chocolate

  1. Great post and much needed at this moment. The cold, dreary, “no color” weather has dulled my senses. Your chocolate just revitalized them. Thanks!

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