My Last Photo of Anthony Bourdain

Talks with Bourdain

Here are a few talks I did with Bourdain in the Cayman Islands during the Cayman Cookout. I am not really an “interviewer” – so I don’t really know what I am doing. Other “press” (which I am not) seem to ask him completely boring questions like “What is your favorite meal” or “If you could live in one country and eat its food for the rest of your life, which one?” These questions to me are extremely banal. So, I wanted to make better questions. I don’t think I did, at all… I kinda tried. I did come up with some NEW questions after the interview, but now I can’t ask them any more.

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Hey! I'm here with Anthony Bourdain at the Cayman Cookout! I've decided to ask him Really Weird Questions. I'm a curious cat, so I thought about getting deep and philosophical right away. I have a feeling that he'll be into them. I also have a feeling they will be Really Stupid Questions and he may just smoothly climb a palm tree to exit the scene. We'll see. Where are you watching from? Tell us in the comments! #rcmemories #caymancookout #caymanislands #grandcayman

Posted by Trey Ratcliff on Friday, January 12, 2018

Daily Photo – Sorry to see this guy go

Man I still can't figure out why Bourdain committed suicide. I have a theory on it, but it's just a working theory. Maybe I'll talk about it on an upcoming show I do with Gino Barassa. We both got to hang out with him on the Cayman Islands. I got a lot of very nice emails from friends after his passing. That was very nice… but it wasn't like I was best friends with Anthony or anything. We just kinda hung out, like he does with a lot of people. Also, I wasn't too surprised his net worth after passing was less than $2 million. I think many people reach a point where they are not materialistic (I'm certainly that way), so he saw no need to hoard a lot of cash and assets.

As far as the suicide, I know the press is saying that he was infatuated with his girlfriend and something went awry there that caused the suicide. But I don't subscribe to that theory because that happens all the time to millions of people around the world, and they rarely result in suicide, especially for intellectuals. So, I'll share my theory as soon as it matures a little.

Anyway, here's my last photo of Tony.

Sorry to see this guy go

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Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert playing petanque

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Daily Photo – Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert playing petanque

Every year at the Cayman Cookout, these two guys battle it out in the kitchen and on the petanque court. It's always a fun time to watch these guys go at it. They take it seriously. This is a French game of course, and all the French there will do anything to keep Bourdain from winning. I actually need to look up the rules. I think it's a little like bolle ball, but maybe the only difference is you hold a baguette.

Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert playing petanque

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  • Date Taken2018-01-15 11:06:01
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  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture4
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
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Kayaks Waiting for Action

Good Burning Man Remix

If you’re a fan of listening to 2-hour songs that occasionally throw in the Eagles with some EDM, then Check out this song from Robot Heart!

Daily Photo – Kayaks Waiting for Action

Here on Grand Cayman the weather was unbelievable! Some days the sun got a little bit hot, but the water was only a few sweet steps away. I never ended up kayaking, but it was always on my list. Now, looking at this photo, I can't remember exactly why I never went out for the kayak ride! I was probably to busy stuffing my face and drinking.

Kayaks Waiting for Action

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  • Date Taken2018-01-11 05:14:25
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Rocket Man at Night

Time for new Studio Art!

Every three months I swap out the art in my office to account for the new season. Now it’s Autumn, so my theme will be red. I have about 11 works I hang around the studio to keep the mood fresh! They are not for sale or anything… just for the enjoyment of me and whoever happens to stop by.

Daily Photo – Rocket Man at Night

While at the Grand Cayman Cookout, during the Beach Bash, things got crazy as soon as this guy showed up at the beach. Wow, this was really hard to photograph, so I am glad I put on the 50mm F/0.95 to capture this… This is the same lens I showed off two days ago with the photo of Tane the Tiger!

Rocket Man at Night

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Swimming with the Stingrays!

In the middle of an Asia Tour!

Right now, I’m going from Shenzhen over to Hong Kong for a few days. After that, off to Macau, Sanya, Koh Sumui, Kuala Lumpur, and Langkawi. It’s a long time on the road, but I couldn’t be more excited!

My Favorite Writing Tool

I’m actually pretty good at focusing when I need to. But, hey, we could all use a little more help, eh? When I am writing, I sometimes get distracted by other things on the screen. Notifications that slide in or just colorful things on the edge of the window. Anyway, I found this great tool called Ommwriter. It blanks out the whole screen and allows you to write uninterrupted. Here’s a little video I made for you!

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Daily Photo – Swimming with the Stingrays!

What a great day out here in the shallows inside the lagoon of Grand Cayman Island. This is another photo I took with the Mavic! This thing is rock solid in the daytime and with a bit of wind. I will tell you that landing on the catamaran was Very Difficult. I've landed on lots of boats, and each time it takes 200% of my concentration!

The Phantom series of quads are much easier to catch because they have more pronounced legs. So, it's easier for a friend (or yourself with one hand) to reach up and grab it. With the Mavic, you only have about half a finger's worth of room before you hit the blades.

Swimming with the Stingrays!

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  • Date Taken2018-01-13 10:06:28
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Security at the Cayman Cookout

Grand Cayman from Above

While there for the Grand Cayman Cookout, I made a fun drone video while testing out the new Mavic Pro Platinum. I love the way it turned out and it gives you a nice little taste of the island!

Daily Photo – Security at the Cayman Cookout

I was walking out of taking photos of one of the cooking classes on the beach and I saw these two gentlemen chilling out. There was this gauzy sheet behind them that made them look super-epic. So I just had to stop for a quick photo.

Security at the Cayman Cookout

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  • Date Taken2018-01-13 09:15:18
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Jose Andres in Full Form

Failed Health Goals

Last year, at the Grand Cayman Cookout, I started with great intentions, I was gonna work out each day, eat kinda light, and lose 2 pounds. Well, I didn’t do any of that. In fact, I gained 5 pounds, which I considered to be a net 7lb failure. I’m sure the same thing will happen this year, but I’ll go in with much lower explectations!

Daily Photo – Jose Andreas in Full Form

The Grand Cayman Cookout is happening right now! This is a shot from last year's, when my friend Gino was interviewing the hilarious Jose Andres, one of the many chefs that come to Grand Cayman from all around the world. In this scene, he was being very pro-vegetarian and trying to convince all the hunters out there to go shoot vegetables to make them more excited about eating them.

Jose Andreas in Full Form

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  • Date Taken2017-01-14 01:26:32
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Moon Setting Over Yacht

The Same Morning

Often times, when we have photo workshops, I try to challenge the group to take as many different types of photos as possible from a scene. This usually means a combo of wide-angle shots and telephoto shots. The two photos today are a good example of this!

The Moon Sets Over Grand Cayman

Daily Photo – Moon Setting Over Yacht

My first morning in Grand Cayman Island was probably the most productive of all my photo-mornings there. For one thing, I was SO TIRED when I woke up that I could barely force myself out of bed and out of the room to take photos. But I saw the view (above) from the balcony, so I knew it would be a winner! It's rare to see the full moon setting like this across the ocean, so I dragged myself out of the room and onto the beach to get this view below.

Moon Setting Over Yacht

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Snapchat Spectacles

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Daily Photo – Snapchat Spectacles

Down on Grand Cayman Island, I was using these Snapchat Spectacles all the time. Everyone under 25 seemed to know exactly what they were and wanted to play with them. If you don't know, there is a little camera up there that records 10 seconds of video then sends it out to all your snapchat followers. It's kind of a fun thing! Anyway, this gal was over by the pool having a Moscow Mule and she asked to try them on!

Snapchat Spectacles

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  • Date Taken2017-01-16 07:06:25
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Anthony Prepares to go Around the World

Grand Cayman Highlights

Here’s another visit of the highlight video from Grand Cayman. You’ll recognize Bourdain drinking vodka in the beginning! 🙂

Daily Photo – Anthony Prepares to go Around the World

Here's a favorite candid of Bourdain I got during the big “Tasting Around the World” event during the Cayman Cookout. This is right before it began. See all those umbrellas around the outside? Each “booth” was from a different country and there were about 10 represented here… Anthony would go around and have food or drinks at each one… It was a really fun event!

Anthony Prepares to go Around the World

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