Pierfrancesco Celada is one the artists featured in Hungry Still, the Slideluck London photo cook-book retrospective featuring photography projects paired with personal anecdotes and recipes provided by the artists.

This is what Celada told us:

“During a brief visit to Japan I was soon fascinated by the isolation and loneliness I was feeling in the streets. It started as a personal journey, a foreigner traveling in an alien environment. Language and cultural differences were only augmenting this distance between the locals and me. However, while observing people, it was clear that even indigenous were not able to interact successfully. I felt attracted by this sense of isolation and I have decided to come back.”


Instant Noodels Ramen

– Salted pork
– 1 lb pork 1tsp salt
– Soup
– 6 cups water (1.5L) 50g ginger root
– 3 cloves garlic
– 1 bunch green onions 4 tbsp soy sauce
– 2 tbsp sake
– 1 tsp salt
– 1 tsp sesame oil
– Noodles
– Instant noodles
– (1 pack per person, you can also use fresh noodles)
– 8 cups of water (2L)
– 2 tbsp baking soda
– Topping
– Boiled egg halves
– Bean sprouts, blanched briefly
– Green onions, cut finely


Begin by rubbing salt onto the pork and let it marinade overnight in the fridge. In a pot of water place the ginger root, garlic, green onions and salted pork, and boil at a high heat. Skim fat and other floating scum from the surface. Cover, reduce to low heat, and simmer for 1 1⁄2 to 2 hours. Let the broth and pork cool completely in the pot. Strain and cool the pork. Slice pork and set aside for a topping.

Prepare the rest of the toppings (boiled eggs, blanched bean sprouts, cut green onions) before making the soup and noodles. Once the noodles are cooked, you will need to add the soup and toppings right away or the noodles will get soft, so you won’t have time to prepare the toppings at the end.

Boil the broth and add the salt, soy sauce, Sake and sesame oil. Let it simmer at very low heat. Boil some water in a separate pot. Add baking soda (be careful, it may boil over) then the noodles. Cook and strain. Immediately divide noodles into bowls and add soup onto noodles. Top with boiled eggs, bean sprouts, green onions and sliced pork.

Multimedia Tips

a. What program was used to create the multimedia?

I have used Final Cut Pro to build the multimedia, Photoshop to edit images and the free software Audacity to edit sounds. The multimedia was produced with the help of Magnum in Motion in New York, as part of the Ideastap and Magnum photos photographic award.

b. How and why did you choose that sound/music?

I wanted to create a surreal and alienating soundscape; an atmosphere in line with the overall mood of the project, isolation and detachment. I’ve searched for suitable sounds browsing one of the available free online databases:

b. Tell us about the editing process when you think of a multimedia.

When planning the multimedia it was important to find the most suitable balance between its components: still images, video and sounds. In particular, while pairing still images and sounds, we decided to choose a combination that was not “too literal”, fundamental to create the necessary atmosphere.

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