Tara Nanayakkara

It’s all About Passion

What's your passion? Mine is cooking. I am not a trained chef. The closest to a cooking class I have ever come to is watching YouTube videos on my tablet as I hold it at eye level so I can follow all the steps. Before that, it was me, up close and personal with the TV screen whenever the cooking shows were aired. Okay, I'm going to date myself and reflect back on shows like The Galloping Gourmet and Wok with Yen.  At that time I was more fascinated with the concept of cooking great meals rather than assuming that they would magically materialize with the flick of the wrist and the twist of a lid.

By the time I was in my twenties and actually attempting to learn how to cook, I realized it wasn't as simple as they portray it on TV. Yet somehow with the help of a food processor, blender and spice grinder I learned a very important fact about myself. My personal passion comes from preparing comfort foods from different cultures for family and friends. Give me an excuse to bake a cake and I will make one. Cooking competitions and catering for crowds has never been on my to-do list and never will be because that would simply suck the joy out of what I love to do,- doing it for those I love.

It's all about personal passion.

Last week's blog post, Model Citizen made reference to two wonderful photographers who requested me to model for the CODNL and the Overcast photo contest. Although both took pictures of me that they were pleased with, Carol Kean, one of the photographers I worked with wanted to do a few retakes. For her, it was more about her passion in taking perfectly appointed photos than the winning itself.  You can sense when people love what they're doing. She told me that she was excited over getting to work on her pictures.

This passion brings to mind a segment that aired on Canada AM last week. It featured a man who literally takes photos of one snow flake at a time, using a homemade black mitten as the backdrop for his art. He spends hours capturing the snow flakes on his camera lens, all from specific vantage points and then spends hours in his dark room doing whatever photographers do to get the right angle and the perfect affect that will showcase that one object that they are trying to highlight. Personally I don't know how they do it. It must involve patience and be a labour of love.

It must be their passion.

What is your passion?