In celebration of Black History Month, we’re honoring the unique stories + experiences of the people who make up the many layers of our community. Jonathan Cooper is a seasoned CHSWF photographer and the man behind the lens of the festival’s 2022 and 2023 creative campaign photography. While his current niche is food + beverage, he has covered a wide range of subjects including public figures, commercial, fashion, concerts, corporate architecture, and interior design.
who taught you to cook and how do you honor them?
“I learned to cook by watching my mom in the kitchen as well as chefs that I’ve photographed along the way. Through the process of visual documentation, I’ve picked up on a few techniques along the way and implemented them into my own skillset for a hot skillet!”
How has food influenced who you are as a person?
“Food has influenced my entire life after seeing how it brings people together from all walks of life. It’s through food that we share various stories through different backgrounds, build relationships, heal, and nurture communities. Not only is food a powerful tool, it shows up as a unique vessel in my life to see and enlighten others.”
What legacy do you want to leave?
“The legacy I’d like to leave behind is influencing alternative thought and ways of seeing. Creativity is the answer to all of our problems because we need outside of the box thinking to solve ordinary and unique problems. We need vibrancy, stimulation, seasoning, and passion in our world. So if I have the ability to spark fire in others, I’ll say that’s a great legacy to leave.”