Claire Gunn Raspberry bowl

Why it’s important to experiment and make bad art

Posted In: Art | Creativity | Life | Photography | Recipes
When I have been photographing lots of clean images for clients, I find I need a change from the predictable and what is necessary commercially. That's when I break out my most extreme elements of the art creation process: trick lenses, rare foods, bright colours or patterns and far-out editing and styling. Why? Because if I don't move through the world,[...]


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Stracciatella ice cream is, in essence, a chocolate-chip ice cream. The chips are created by drizzling hot, melted chocolate into ice-cream towards the end of churning. The chocolate solidifies immediately after coming into contact with the freezing ice cream, causing an ‘ice-cap’ effect. This one is made in a food processor in minutes with frozen banana[...]

Dealing with criticism

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I was recently asked to write an article for one of my favourite magazines. I would be photographing the restaurants the article featured as well. Now, as I'm  sure you can understand, this was beyond daunting. Exciting, but scary. The first things that go through my basic human mind when asked to do something new or out of my comfort zone is... "What[...]
Claire Gunn

Getting over creatives’ block

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This is not a cheery subject to approach as it causes so much turmoil in the mind and heart of creatives, but I promise you, this post has a happy ending... I have only been painting for about a year or so, but I am quite familiar with the tortured artist scenario. We question ourselves so much when we should really just be painting, or drawin[...]
La Tete by Claire Gunn 2017

A day in the life at La Tête, Cape Town

Posted In: Visual stories
Cape Town is a foodie capital and in the last 10 years so many restaurants, cafés and bars have popped up in the CBD and winelands areas. So what is special about another restaurant on Bree street? Difference. The restaurant is essentially undecorated and so is the food. Simplicity, few ingredients and classic renderings of familiar comfort food is th[...]
Chocolate hazelnut and naartjie smoothie by claire gunn 2

Chocolate, Hazelnut and Naartjie Smoothie

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  Chocolate for breakfast anyone? Yes please. Hazelnuts are the perfect companion to chocolate and so is orange. Here I used naartjies (satsumas) for my chocolate smoothie which I picked up from the Saturday morning Oranjezicht City Farm Market and I was just burning to find a way to use them with chocolate. Beyond just feeding myself with mor[...]
Rome architecture Claire Gunn

Monochrome Rome

Posted In: Art | DESTINATIONS | Photography
The beauty of the symmetry and embellishments on Roman architecture is a continual romantic inspiration for me.  The eternal city is a living museum of the times when aesthetic pleasure was highly prized, and this is clearly evident in all architecture, public fountains and city planning. When I walked the streets of Rome stopping to marvel at so much be[...]

Macro culinary photography

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These images were created very early on in my photographic explorations and this collection remains one of my most treasured.  I dined at Haute Cabriere one evening when Chef Ryan Shell was heading up the kitchen team. The images were lit mostly by candles and I used x4 and x 10 magnifying lenses to capture the magnificent subterranean world of light and le[...]
Janse&co Jan2018 Claire Gunn

Janse & co

Posted In: Food | Visual stories
Going to a good restaurant these days  is essentially dinner and a show. Open-plan kitchens and a new found fascination for the Way of the Chef has become as interesting, and now available to everyone as it has been to me my whole working life. Even though I changed careers from working in the kitchen to photographing it,  the underlying passion - watching[...]
Creamy berry and banana bowl claire gunn

Creamy berry and banana smoothie bowl

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This still life is a tribute to the pure joy of self expression. Don't be afraid just to explore and push over the edges. Try new things and humour ideas that pop into your head.  No matter how odd they may seem at first, just try them out. Perhaps it's so bad that you cross into a new genre of avante garde you didn't know you liked, or at least you have[...]

Play with your food

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    I dreamt about this blackberry yin yang smoothie bowl… I had it sitting in my list of ‘foods to make’ for over a week before all the conditions came together and I could spend some time on a blissful morning to search for flowers on my walk about the Company Gardens in Cape Town. I was most consumed with the bliss of freedom I ha[...]
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A Creative Sweet Spot at Majeka House

Every now and then we can experience a sweet spot: a perfect combination of factors that makes our experience sublime. For me as a professional food photographer, the freedom given to me by a client is vital. In addition, to that, it is paramount to me that I am photographing food that is ethical, healthy, mindfully crafted and just plain beautiful. This is[...]


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A toast! To the marriage of chocolate and nuts… A decadent lazy weekend breakfast! I smeared this nutty goodness on some wholewheat toast from my local, The Olive Branch Deli. Its also perfect for rolling into very squishy truffles once chilled or adding to nice cream. CHOCOLATE PECAN HAZELNUT BUTTER 1 cup raw hazelnuts 1 cup raw pecan nut[...]
Boschendal by Claire Gunn

Foraging with Chef Christiaan Campbell at Boschendal

At the beginning of Spring, I had the fantastic opportunity to photograph Chef Christiaan Campbell and his sensational creations at Boschendal outside Franschhoek. One of the absolute highlights was joining him and his team to forage for mushrooms and greens for one of his dishes. This was veld to fork indeed, as we rummaged around on the property's extensiv[...]
Assisi Italy Claire Gunn

Assisi Through the Lensbaby

In the picture-perfect hilltop village of Assisi in Italy, there are scores of vantage points for magnificent photography. I was particularly interested in the tuille rooftops and how they looked at dawn and sunset. We stayed in a hotel with a tower and outlook point that made this type of photography easily accessible. The view of the whole valley is in[...]
Radish and turnip chips by claire gunn3


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This week at the Oranjezicht City Farm Market, I snapped up some beautiful turnips and HUGE radishes for a purple vegetable shoot. There were so many veggies with deep purple tones, I just couldn't resist. As you might know, those purple skins are packed with antioxidants and flavonoids, so eating more purple fruit and vegetables is a wise investment in your[...]
Claire Gunn Italy 2017 Assisi (68)

Assisi, Umbria

Assisi is a quintessential Italian hilltop town worth visiting. However, it is also one of the most visited towns, so it can be very busy and crowded during the day. It is not considered to be off the beaten track and is generally set up for day trippers who keep the town going. It is all so beautiful: stone and terracotta, steep hills and potted window b[...]
Claire Gunn Marsala peaches in Italy 2017

Marsala-soaked peaches with vanilla yoghurt and blueberries

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We find our inspiration wherever we are in the world or in the mind. I was inspired to try two new styles of painting from one subject: the charismatic Italian doughnut peach. Plump and rosy, swirly with hues of deep red and corals, squashed - one of my favourite words. Using watercolour to swish around the different warm tones is a painting dream.[...]
Claire Gunn Blueberries

What should I make?

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I am lucky enough to have just spent three weeks on holiday travelling for replenishment and new inspiration. I saw thousands of paintings, sculptures and genius architecture all over Italy and I went through waves of complete excitement to create my own, as well as severe smothering depression with the thought, "How can I ever decide WHAT TO MAKE?" I t[...]
Claire Gunn Italy 2017

Where I ate in Italy

Posted In: DESTINATIONS | Food
If you are headed out to the tourist capital, Italy, you cannot help but be thinking about eating amazing food while you're there. Here is what I found on my recent trip around Italy, starting in Rome and then traveling to Assisi, Siena, Florence, Cinque Terre and Venice. There are so many places to eat so you will need to become a judge of what a place[...]