Every Single Street, Week 2

Week two had a groove to it. Things got a little easier and doing these daily runs almost became routine. That being said, we decided to change the schedule from five days per week to four, so there could be two days on and one day off. Laura’s been fighting off a bit of a hip issue, so having that day to rest will be helpful. But if we just add a mile (or less) to each of the remaining days the finish date will stay the same.

One of the biggest things I’m discovering about this project is that even though we’ve lived in Montclair for over a decade now, there’s so much of it that is completely unknown to me. It’s been a lot of fun running through the northern part of the township and seeing all the beautiful homes in their individual styles. And even though I’m more familiar with the areas just south of our apartment (we live in Upper Montclair), it’s still really nice to run along and daydream about the lives of the people in these elaborate and lovely homes. I notice new ones all the time.

This week we saw our first cheerleaders, too! A coworker of mine and her daughter came out to say hello, which was really great. One of the things I loved about the way Rickey Gates did this project in San Francisco is that he got to stop and talk to so many different people throughout the city. Doing it during a pandemic makes that all but impossible—and it’s even a little scary when we run by families out for a walk or kids riding their bikes. I know the likelihood of catching the virus in passing like that is almost nil, but I still tense up a bit and move to the other side of the road when I see someone coming.

Below are a few photos I collected this week, mostly of beautiful homes. One of them, the blue one, belonged to Yogi Berra. And the one with the high hedges is where a certain late-night talk show host lives. Even though we can’t get to talk to them, our neighbors are really rad.

A reminder: this project is a fundraiser for Woodstock Farm Sanctuary. If you’d like to donate and help the animals, please click here.

Every Single Street, Week 1

Starting out was hard. Not so much the running, but more with logistics. Laura and I took a long time to get five miles done during the first few days, and they ended up stretching out to nearly eight with some much backtracking and overlap. Montclair is full of cul-de-sacs and dead ends, so any time we had to run down one of those, we also had to run back. It’s getting better the more we do it, so I’m excited to press on.

Here is the map from all the ground we covered during week one—about 25 miles, I think. And below are some photos of things I took along the way. It’s really interesting to look around and see new things as you go, or things that might seem out of place. Those are what I love photographing.

As a reminder, this project is a fundraiser for Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, so if you’d like to donate, please click here.

Every Single Street Montclair

This isn’t food photography related, but it does tie into the larger picture for me of compassion toward animals—one of the main reasons I started my business.

Living in the NYC/northern NJ area, my wife and I have been pretty locked down since early March. One of the ways we cope is through socially distant running; we go at off hours and avoid people as much as possible. One way we determined could make running even more fun is if we started a project like the one Rickey Gates did in San Francisco, where he ran every street in the city. So that’s what we’re doing here in our town of Montclair, NJ. And because I like to use wacky things like this as a way to raise money for animal sanctuaries (they need help now more than ever), I’ve turned it into a fundraiser for Woodstock Farm Sanctuary in upstate NY. The goal was to raise $100, but we exceeded that early on. So now I’m setting my sights on $500. I think we can get there.

This project is going to be a lot of fun. There are roughly 125 miles of roads in Montclair, and we’ll do five or more miles per day, four days each week through the first week of June. I can’t wait to explore new areas of the town we’ve lived in for over a decade but haven’t spent much time wandering through. 

Take a look at the map of our route below, and check back here for updates as we go on this fun and exhausting journey. And if you’d like to donate to the cause, click here.

New Work: VegNews Magazine

The new issue of VegNews is on newsstands and I’m excited to see another one of my photos in its pages. This time around I was hired to make and shoot a recipe for Baja Cauliflower Tacos, created by chef Eddie Garza.

The process this time was a bit unique in that close to the issue’s close, the dimensions of the spread changed to accommodate a last-minute ad. That meant the styling I used for the shot didn’t quite fit into the new space. There wasn’t enough time to reshoot, so the art director did a bit of Photoshop magic to erase a condiment I’d put into the scene. It looks great in the magazine, though it was strange to see a different version of what I’d set up.

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VegNews Zucchini Fries

New Work: VegNews Magazine

VegNews CoverI’m very excited to have worked on the latest issue of VegNews magazine. As a vegan photographer they’ve always felt like my white whale when it came to editorial work. But I’ve had the great fortune to work with them on their past three issues and it was really a lot of fun every time.

I worked closely with their food editor and art director, both of whom were delights. They knew what they wanted and sent me on my way. Remote collaborations helped me to deliver finished products that they were happy with and that I’m very proud of.
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Scott from Catskill Animal Sanctuary

Catskill Animal Sanctuary Visit

After one whole post I’m taking a break from food photography to put something up that’s slightly different, but but still on brand.

This past weekend I celebrated my 44th birthday. And yesterday,as part of an amazing upstate New York weekend filled with hiking and a ton of vegan food (mostly at one of my new favorite restaurants, Garden Café at Woodstock), my wife and I visited the Catskill Farm Sanctuary. It was of the best days I’ve ever had, and that’s not hyperbole.
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Steven Seighman Vegan Food Photography

The Start of Something New

At the beginning of last year I decided to step back a bit from my work in graphic design. I still have my day job designing books, but I left the freelance market (for the most part) to focus on something else. And while I wasn’t quite sure what it would be at the time, I knew I wanted it to involve my camera. I never imagined it would end up being food photography.

What I landed on had to help in some way. For a while I considered traveling to shelters to photograph the animals and hopefully help them get adopted. But as someone with pretty severe allergies that didn’t seem feasible. In the end those allergies would be precisely what I’d focus on.
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