The day that chocolate beat art…

So its winter, and its cold, rainy and miserable… which always makes me want chocolate, makes me CRAVE chocolate. And it was while I was thinking about chocolate and blog posts that I remembered a day long ago in Ghent, Belgium, that I had photographed a chocolate factory when I was actually supposed to be photographing art…

In my own defense, it was cold, miserable and raining… so I was doomed from the start. While on a tour of the town highlights we had stopped in at the world-famous Saint Bravo Cathedral, famous because it houses the 15th century Belgian masterpiece The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb by the brothers Hubert and Jan van Eyck. If you’re not into art, let me just tell you that this piece is a Big Deal in the art history world. I had studied it along with several other pieces by the Dutch masters as an art student and knew enough about its history and significance to appreciate what we were about to view.

And then… a friend of mine pushed through the crowd huddled in the cathedral listening reverently to the tour guide and whispered in my ear ” if you come with me right now the chocolate factory across the square will let you shoot while they do a demonstration..”

So… by now it should be obvious what I chose to do. I never did get to see The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, but I heard that it was behind thick glass and they wouldn’t let you photograph it anyway. And that chocolate was soooo good…


  1. Delicious depth of field, focus and bokeh.

  2. I’m so glad you chose the chocolate that day! These have always been some of my very favourite images from the entire Artemis adventure! Bravo & YUM!!! xxx fi

  3. If I was a photography I would have done the same thing. Beautiful images. Glad you went with the (soft, glistening, aromatic) flow…

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