Carl Bistrack Moves From Philadelphia, PA to Wilmington, NC Taking the Philly Italian Market with Hi
Wilmington, NC USA, Carl Bistrack announced the Smashwords publishing of his eBook “Shut Your Mouth! Smell This! And Other Italian Sausage Sayings at the Philadelphia Italian Market.”
By: Carl Bistrack
The opening of the book describes the market, The Philly Italian Market’s dodge-em, irritating, pushy, Alice’s Wonderland curiouser & interestinger fun place. No cookbook or TV show can explain this one. You’ll smell, salivate, taste it, with a new dance step added. Photoart textless recipes like you’ve never smelled before. Italian sausage fruit bowl? A Cheese Wow. A “Shut your mouth!” right at you. Pasta music. Philly Steak wit or witout. No apologies. An edible history.
Until 2014, Carl lived and worked in the Philadelphia area and ran his own film and media production company Film Flair for over 25 years. He was awarded US Utility Patents on the EzGrip Pens and Grips. This took him away from visual media production. Over the years, he missed the visual aspects of his work. He took up a photography using the newer digital photo technology and developed a style that became a combination of photos and art style. A composite photo art journalistic piece, “Halloween Hurricane Sandy Flood Ebb” 2013 North Jersey Atlantic Ocean shore flood earned him a 6th place award in the national Maryland Federation of Art yearly juried US Landscape exhibition out of 707 entrants. That put him on a photo-art technique path.
Carl’s earlier film production travel exposed him to a wide range of foods throughout the US. That led to cooking as a hobby. As a Philadelphian, he would sometimes visit the Italian Market to find and buy ingredients as well as information for the next cooking adventure. And, that led to the Italian market book.
Combining photo art and cooking, Carl created a book that shows the unique market in its own way. The questions existed: How do you reveal and explain a market like this with its centuries old Italian, naturally cured ingredients in a book? There have been a number of travelogues, yearly press articles, commercial books, and markets Italian recipe cook books. Those photos used in the various media were as expected and repetitious. “Shut our Mouth! Smell This!” reveals uniqueness of adventuring through the market and expresses it visually in an artistic, theatrical, and journalistic way.
In 2014 he worked on photographing the market and completing some of the visuals over the year. That was briefly interrupted for several months. During 2014 he decided he wanted to move to Wilmington, NC, a warmer climate closer to the Atlantic Ocean. There was a brief moving and swimming vacation from writing the book. It then took another year. He worked on the book and transferred the notes he kept on each visit of each area, the store and products. The title “Shut Your Mouth…” came from notes on a customer and store owner in a rousing, fun conversation in one of the stores. The photoart pieces had to be arranged in a logical order. They may or may not illustrate specifics. Unlike more standard photos, these had to create their own story-within-
But, there’s another story-within-
Carl exposed some of the photoart pieces to individuals, art associations and galleries to get their feedback on the pieces in general. Several photoart pieces were made up to reflect the style of work in the book. They were shown to persons in an art association and four art galleries local to the Wilmington, NC area. All results were very positive. Three galleries, each approximately 30 miles apart are currently carrying 2-3 of the pieces. One gallery in Charlotte, NC chose one of the pieces entered from North and South Carolina artists for the Carolina’s Got Art yearly exhibit. The art was narrowed down from 3000 to the actual 117 pieces shown at the exhibit. While it was entered in the photo category, it was viewed as an art piece –as was stated.
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