It certainly is a beautiful treat to inspire and be inspired and better yet meet inspiring creatives who are designed to be an inspiration in this world.
I discovered Hung of Jet and Indigo’s instagram a few months back and has been following her feed to get inspiration and few weeks ago I decided that she is a very good candidate for this series because of her unique talent on photography and as well her magnificent food ventures. I am more than glad to introduce you all to this amazing inspiring creative who continues to inspire people by capturing the very best.
» Hi Hung! First of all I would like to welcome you to this series of creative individuals. To begin with, could you please kindly tell us something about yourself?
I’m an Australian of Vietnamese descent who has been living in London for 4 years with my Irish husband, Mark. This is the second time I have lived in London and it’s where I met Mark 12 years ago. I work in retail buying full-time and dabble as a photographer/stylist in my spare time. Coming from a food focused family, I spend a lot of time thinking about what to cook for my next meal. Ceramics and pottery is a hobby, which I wish I had more time to indulge in.
» Lets start with your website. It is beautiful and very inspirational. Could you tell us how this beautiful madness began?
Well, I started the blog about a year ago after seeing so many beautiful blogs out there. In particular, the blogs that I first followed were Aran of Cannelle et Vanille and Helene of Tartlette. These two talented women really inspired me to start my own blog. Photography had been a hobby for a number of years and I love food and travel, so I decided to combine these to create beautiful imagery to share on my own blog, and ultimately fulfil my creative side.
» I read from your blog that you hailed from down under. How is the change affecting you and your creativity when you moved to London?
I grew up in Sydney and it’s a completely different lifestyle and environment to that of London. Sydney is laid-back, has beautiful beaches, the weather is warm and sunny a lot of the time, and with amazing seafood and produce that is heavily influenced by Asia because of Australia’s geographical location. Whereas London is very urban, extremely multi-cultural, lots of grey days and rain, but a very energetic and buzzy city with lots of creative inspiration. As a result, these differences affect the mood I portray in my photos and the type of food I cook. It also affects photography lighting and how/when I shoot during the day.
» Other than taking amazing photos and making us hungry from your beautiful dishes. What else do you on your spare time?
Besides photography and food, my other passion is travel. I’m a free-spirited adventurer at heart and I love to explore new places. I’ve seen a lot of the world so far but there are plenty more places I’ve yet to visit. I love a European city break as much as a farm stay in a remote cottage in the countryside. Living in a busy city like London, I often crave a break from it and try to escape when I can.
» I love London and would love to visit Sydney one day. Can you suggest to me amazing restaurants to visit while in there?
There are so many restaurants in London to suit all tastes that you would need at least 6 months! But some of my favourite restaurants are:
Ceviche for tasty and fresh Peruvian food.
Dishoom for a Bombay brunch with a kick. Don’t miss their chocolate chai.
José for Spanish tapas and a great selection of wines to match.
Hawksmoor if you fancy a great quality steak.
La Lupita is my favourite Mexican restaurant in London and I highly recommend their margaritas.
Borough Markets is touristy but the produce is fantastic there. If you prefer a quieter and less touristy food market, try Maltby Street Market.
Street food has really exploded in the last couple of years and you will find plenty of food trucks based all over London.
The coffee in London has improved dramatically over the last couple of years so you won’t have trouble finding a decent coffee. I would recommend Fernandez & Wells, Allpress Coffee, Kaffeine, Woskhop Coffee Co., Foxcroft & Ginger.
» Now, to your beautiful feed in instagram. Your photo’s are absolutely on point and styled with careful hands. Name two (2) amazing things/people/anything that inspires you daily for this amazing job, what are those and why so?
I follow a lot of people on IG and they all inspire me in different ways. There are so many to name. But the one person who currently inspires me is Linda Lomelino for her amazing baking and photography skills. Her photography is just so beautiful, not to mention it makes me hungry every time I look at them!
» I know this is a difficult question but give me three (3) best dishes you ever had and why?
I love a steaming bowl of laksa and the best I have had was at Jimmy’s in Sydney. I used to eat there all the time when I was living there and I can’t wait to go back one day.
I had the most delicious beef ragu at a local Italian restaurant in Radicondoli, a small village situated in Tuscany, Italy. I was sitting on the verandah on a balmy summer’s evening, eating this dish with a glass of red wine as the sun was setting. It couldn’t have been a more perfect and memorable setting.
It wasn’t until I traveled through Brazil did I realise how amazing Brazilian food was. I had Moqueca (A Bahian recipe) for the first time, which is a fish stew cooked in coconut milk and tomatoes.
» What is the most amazing dish you ever made from a very unlikely situation, for instance you’re in such a hurry?
Fried rice never fails to disappoint me. When you have some left over rice, an egg and some vegies, it’s the tastiest and quickest dish to throw together when you’re in a hurry.
» What drove you to this tasty creativeness and what is keeping you on making this wonderful dishes?
I wanted to share my love for food & travel by creating beautiful imagery through photography and styling. Having a forum to share my creativity has been incredibly fulfilling. When I meet other bloggers who share the same passion, it makes all the effort worthwhile, knowing that I’m part of this like-minded community. I love to receive feedback and knowing I have potentially inspired someone else, encourages me to keep going.
» What are your tools of trade to capture all these beautiful photos?
I recently splurged on a Canon 5D MKIII and I swap between a 50mm 1.4 and a 35mm 1.4 lens. I have a long wish list of other lenses I would love to buy. I have a tripod and some basic white boards that I use to reflect light. I also use Lightroom to edit my photos.
» Thank you very much Hung for this interview and more power to your creativity and hope to meet you one day in this pretty, wild world! Cheers!
All photo credit goes directly to Hung Quach of JetandIndigo.com. Thank you for giving me permission to use your photos!
If you are interested to follow Hung on her creative adventure, you can find her as well on other social medias where she is spreading good vibes and inspiring stuff:
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