Paul Lender

About Left of Center Photography

I photograph people. Young families, newborns, expecting mothers and weddings. The approach is the same - capture people being who they are. Genuine smiles, laughs and love.

Spice Kitchen+Bar

My good friends at Spice of Life Catering Company have opened up a restaurant on Cleveland’s West Side.  You’ll find it right on the corner of Detroit and W 58th Street.   Not only will you find great food and a nice atmosphere, but you also find six huge prints from Left of Center Photography hanging on the walls!

Toward the end of last summer, while I was eating under the trees at Holden Arboretum with Chef Ben and his wife Jackie, they mentioned  that in their search for a new kitchen, they found a whole restaurant.   I asked if they were going to need any art to decorate the place but at that point they weren’t exactly sure since it was all so new.  Fast forward to late this winter and I get a call from Jackie asking if I had anything they could use.  She described the style they had in mind and my heart sank.  I knew I just didn’t have it in my portfolio.  The best way to describe it would be a late fall/early winter harvest type of imagery.  And with Cleveland not exactly having a typical snowy winter I didn’t see much opportunity to go out and capture some pictures that would fit the need.

Then, just two days before Christmas it snowed.  I also just happened to find myself out in eastern Ohio farm country.  Luck was on my side.  A few hours in the car and I had what I hoped they were looking for and it turns out that I did.


Squash Soup

Apple Tree

Bar Lights

Winter Apples


Table Art

Winter Farm

Winter Field

Winter Field

Just last Tuesday the restaurant opened up.  The prints made it there that day and are on display until Spring.  Stop down, grab a bite to eat and check them out!


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3 Responses to “Spice Kitchen+Bar”

  1. Lora Hay says:

    Just beautiful, Paul. You have quite the eye.

  2. [...] the winter, with only four weeks left before opening. So when we called our friend Paul Lender at Left of Center Photography to commission him for mission impossible, “A few snowy growing scenes, maybe a farm or two, [...]

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