Let Them Eat Cake started as a joke. Making a cake to celebrate the Apollo moon landings isn’t strange at all, but commemorating the giant leap nearly 50 years later, as if you’d heard the news yesterday, might appear to be more than a little peculiar. Like the late moon landing cake itself, the series embodies the often stark strangeness of our world.
Each piece in Let Them Eat Cake is constructed entirely from edible confectionary components and, as the cakes inevitably begin to fade and drip, is disposed of almost immediately after photographing.
The psychological concept of The Uncanny (Freud knew it as Das Unheimliche) might be summarized simply as the experiencing of an eerie feeling of the familiar without seeing the real or original source of that familiarity. The Uncanny is particularly evident where the organic nature of human likeness is concerned. A doll will never achieve the authenticity of the form that it seeks to replicate, and experiencing this approximation—especially through sight—can produce fear, apprehension, and even revulsion.
The photo series The Uncanny examines the intimate relationship between people and another organic subject—food. The Uncanny presents its subjects in a new, unusual light, literally. Shadow, luminescence, and color are all juxtaposed in a subtle but massively bewildering way. Something’s not right, but the viewer can’t put their finger on exactly what it is.
(Soda) Pop of Color
The series (Soda) Pop of Color is comprised of real photographs of a variety of popular sodas.
Cereal Offenders aims to provide a new perspective on one of the most banal of life’s everyday activities—breakfast.
Children and adults alike love the sugary fruitiness and the rich chocolate of their cereals, but have we really ever looked closely at them? Cereal Offenders utilizes macro photography to reveal the sugary shellac that coats and holds together these “staples” of a balanced diet. Isolating the images on a black background (as opposed to the creamy white milk in which they are usually encountered) further divorces the viewer from reality.