Hi. I'm Lucinda, but people often call me Lucy.
I'm an artist, a gardener and a home cook. I like to write, but didn't really think of myself as a writer until fairly recently despite doing quite a lot of it professionally, so yeah, I guess I'm a writer too. I divide each week between our (small) Macedon Ranges farm and the city, but my heart and head belong in the country. Landscapes, space and quietude are things I value above almost anything you can name. When I'm in the city I'm usually daydreaming about the birds in my garden.
Cooking mattered more to me when I began this blog (way back in 2006) than it does now, but things evolve right? Creative endeavours definitely do. For many years I worked in children's books post my art education (I've a BFA in drawing and print-making), had a brain full of kids book stuff. I took a break for a few years, did a lot of writing and picture-making, and last year, went back to bookselling part-time. All of these things end up, in one form or another, among the pages of this blog. I used to have a clear vision of what I wanted from this space, but these days I go with the flow. It's become a quiet spot to think about photos and words and how they fit together. Finished photos of food you will rarely see here; the process of cooking and making is far more interesting to my eye.
I've written about food for The Guardian, gardening for Alphabet Family Journal and publish a magazine with the wonderful Kathryn Elliott called An Honest Kitchen; I used to write for Magpies and Reading Time (children's book magazines) and now write kid's book reviews for the bookshop I've worked in, on and off, for a decade or more.
Some nice press people have said some very nice things about nourish me:
the age (melbourne) magazine, issue #76, february 2011: Lucinda Dodds is an artist and photographer who whimsically documents everyday life and shares some marvellous, mostly vegetarian, recipes.
epicure, the age, november 2010: There's a serenity that descends on reading the recipe-laced musings of Melbourne artist Lucy Dodds, who has a love of fennel and Moroccan preserved lemons. Reading her blog is like putting your feet up on the cyber porch with a cup of Darjeeling. Also edible-garden updates and soulful images of nature tracing the changing seasons.
City Weekly, september 2011: Melbourne artist and photographer Lucy Dodds has peppered her blog with images so gorgeous you almost don't need to read the accompanying words to appreciate them. When you do, however, you get a rich mixture of recipes and reflections on everything from radishes to jam.
If you would like to discuss a project, a collaboration, or simply say hello, please feel free to email me: lucindadoddsATyahooDOTcomDOTau
Photo-wise? Working with film manages to stimulate the parts of my brain that were attracted to photography in the first place. You have to be patient, you have to be disciplined and, as the photo labs begin to dry up, you have to be resourceful. People ask all the time, so, these are the cameras I use, but I think it important to mention that the best camera of all is the one you have with you.
I use a holga
pentax k 1000
hasselblad 500 c/m
and a polaroid sx-70