abstractions, a series, and a whole lot of marshmallows

March 9, 2010 |  Category:   art + design photography

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I chuckle every time I have to photograph new marshmallow flavors (in this case, espresso, which we’ll have for sale in a few days – they all got snatched up within an hour at the BK Flea). I mean, how many different ways can you photograph a marshmallow? But strangely enough, many ways and I am becoming a bit obsessive over them, mostly because they aren’t looking like marshmallows to me so much anymore, but abstract shapes with weird textures, particularly the oddly shaped ends of the pan that don’t get packaged up. It’s all part in a series of projects I’m doing with the bits and pieces of materials that aren’t used but discarded from the byproducts of the biz (well, except for mushrooms which are my other photographic obsession. I’ll show you those soon).

I’ve also been toying with the idea of selling photographic prints for awhile. It’s been a long process, however, and I’m nowhere near opening up shop. It’s partly due to the fact that I’m feeling a little bit unsatisfied with certain technical aspects of the photos like sharpness and resolution, etc., but largely due to the fact that I’ve been searching for some kind of theme to unify the work – I don’t want to just throw together a collection of my favorite photos – and so this is where I’ve been struggling. I think over the years I *have* developed a certain style – the product shots are pretty minimal and monochromatic and props are used sparingly, but that may be more to do with the fact that I very well may be a lazy stylist. I am, however, becoming more and more interested in photographing food as completely abstract forms which is why I find marshmallows and mushrooms appealing, but….would anybody buy this stuff? (OK, Nichole, I know you would). I can only imagine it if they were blown up big, to take that abstraction even further with an exaggeration of size that is out of context which is why I’m obsessing over sharpness and resolution.

In any case, I’ve got some plans to push these abstractions further. We’ll see where they go.

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  • osteolala March 9, 2010 at 2:17 am

    Marshmallows tasted espresso???
    Wahoo!
    I’ll comme to New York next september and sure I’ll come to buy some for my son who is mad about marshmallows…
    Nice blog.

  • Fiona March 9, 2010 at 5:12 am

    The last two are my favourite, the simpler the better. Try approaching Getty Images with your shots.

  • sylvï March 9, 2010 at 6:11 am

    i can’t wait for the mushrooms! i share the same obsession…

    the marshmallows do seem to take on a lot of personality. the thing i like a lot is the horizon in your pictures, instead of a blank white emptiness often used in produce shots.

  • Caddy March 9, 2010 at 7:26 am

    OOOH! I want to try those espresso marshmallows.

    These are some cool shots of the mallows. I was wondering while some of them looked like rocks or light colored chocolate truffles.

  • Suzette March 9, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Mallowhenge!

  • Kelley March 9, 2010 at 8:39 am

    I’d be interested in buying some of your gorgeous photos! : ) (especially the recent dying flowers which really struck me!)

  • Anna/quilted giraffe March 9, 2010 at 9:01 am

    I’d definitely buy abstract food shots. Those marshmallow pictures are really striking. I love them.

  • lauren March 9, 2010 at 9:04 am

    I love these shots and what you’re saying… they remind me of landscapes almost – like those big jutting cliffs on the coast of California. But they also read softer, which I think is a nice contrast. Like Martin Puryear’s big sculptures that were actually hollow. I’m looking forward to seeing where you take it!

  • nichole Robertson March 9, 2010 at 10:13 am

    You know how I feel about your photos. 🙂

    I love your style, and how you highlight the abstract nature of everyday food items.

    Okay, so when do I get my four foot canvas of these puppies?

  • Kwil March 9, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Those marshmallows look wonderful!

    And I do know what you mean when you say they sort of take on an abstract feel. Taking shots of my chocolates prove the same when it comes to setting it up.. I’ve gotten fairly meticulous over time.

  • sally March 9, 2010 at 10:21 am

    so awesome!

  • Golubka March 9, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Those don’t look like marshmallows at all! But the fact that they are makes the photos even cooler. Great work 🙂

  • JD March 9, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    I think the photos are great – mini marshmallow landscapes – go for it!

  • Ginny March 10, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Shoot them in B&W too.

  • sara marshall March 10, 2010 at 10:01 am

    I would totally buy a print of yours- love the NYC photos especially and when you shoot trees.

  • Nadia March 11, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    They look like little homes in a tiny town in a forest.

  • monica from hola!design March 11, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    you’re a great photographer! I really like these shots.

  • yossy March 11, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    i just love, love, love the way you see the world with your photos. they are always so fresh and clean (clean, outkast anyone?).

  • viola March 19, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Hi. I am a recent reader of this blog and very thankful for your work. It is absolutely like art to me, all of it. The beautiful honest writing of a stranger and the soft photographs.

    I would absolutely purchase a food photo album from you, and heck I think many others would fancy it too.

    Keep it up!

  • lisa June 2, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Sort of like a marriage between Easter Island and sugar…quite lovely & intuitive!

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