“Love & Veggies!” exclaimed my friend Miami musician Japhy. He was telling me about a new friend of his who lives on a unique farm in Little Haiti. As I learned more about Keith Kalmanowicz I knew that I wanted to include him as the 19th subject in my next photography exhibit #YouWowMe – the first-ever photography project to combine portraiture and personal words of inspiration which are passed to the next person — i.e. a “pay it forward” of inspirational photography.
So who is Keith? And what is “Love & Veggies”? Last week I met with Keith and he explained how he started as a chef with virtually no experience; promoted to a sous chef job at the highly successful and respected Michael’s Genuine restaurant in Miami’s Design District and finally how he started “Love & Vegetables.”
“I wanted to create something for the community” says Keith and so he began offering “pay what you can” community meals in Little Haiti and as “pop-ups” around Miami. It was an instant success with upwards of 100+ patrons attending gourmet, multi-course vegan dinners with a mission to “… feed all regardless of means to pay with dignity and respect.”
Keith gave me a tour of the farm and when I saw their emu Phoenix, I instantly knew I wanted to photograph them together.
Keith’s favorite saying for the last year has been, “The way we do anything is the way we do everything.”
He explained, “The universe is all interconnected – including and starting with us – our thoughts, words, and actions all manifesting into reality – all connected. The way we brush our teeth is also the same way we run a business, handle our relationships, even walk our dog. If we half-ass in one area of our lives, then we half ass in all areas of our lives. The way we approach and handle any situation, is the same way we’ll approach and handle all situations. “
I couldn’t agree more. Thank you Keith!
To view more #YouWowMe portraits, go here.
Would you or someone you know like to be in this photography exhibit? Do you live in Southern Florida, Maine, NH, Boston, San Francisco or New York (places I try to visit regularly)?
Feel free to contact me at 305-333-6388 or EMAIL ME
Maybe you’ll be the next #YouWowMe.
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