It’s “Portfolio Update” day here on the blog, and today I’m featuring two new (short) series that are available exclusively at Stocksy United. One features some adorable baby chicks to help herald in Spring, and the other series is for the Jewish holiday of Passover, which, by the way, begins the evening of April 14, 2014.
The baby chicks below belong to a friend of mine. She gets a few each year during Spring and when they get too big, they go to her friend’s farm to live. Boy, were they cute, though. Funny thing was they kept trying to go to sleep while I was shooting them. We had to keep moving them around to keep those eyes open (they got their nap and water after the short shoot, don’t worry). I had two large and two small chicks, and one of each size was yellow, the other brown. Unfortunately, the brown fuzz made it very hard to focus on the eyes, so I used the yellow chicks mostly. Got in a couple “golden egg” and “investment” concepts as well.
The Jewish holiday of Passover celebrates the story of the Jews leaving slavery in Egypt. This story is recounted in Technicolor glory each year when the movie “The Ten Commandments” with Charlton Heston is played on television. The 8 day long observation begins with the “seder” which is a ritual dinner, taken while going through a prayer service around the dinner table. The main feature is the “seder plate” upon which sit a number of different foods that represent various concepts from the holiday. In the pictures below, you can see the shank bone, which stands in for the blood that the Jews put on their doors to avoid the angel of death. The meaning of the other ingredients can be found at this link. The meal also includes matzoh, an unleavened cracker. Part of the three pieces of matzoh that accompany the meal is broken off, and in modern days, is hidden for the children to find and turn in for a reward. It then is supposed to be eaten for dessert. There are some images representing this part of the meal as well.
Of course, you can’t forget the matzoh ball soup, a traditional Passover course. Do you like “floaters” or “sinkers”?