Eating and Eating

Alongside experiments with sugar, I explored through various poses for each sugary food. Eating is such a simple action, yet there are so many different ways of expressing them. One can eat a meatball pasta elegantly like the British tea time back in the old-time, where else another can eat the same meatball pasta messy and vigorously like kids do. I was imagining this series of photographs coming alive with messy type of eating. Sugar is an addiction which is uncontrollable and unstoppable, something one cannot resist its tempting existence. But overall this was very vague in my head. To be honest, I had no idea what sort of eating attitude was appropriate for the project. So without further ado, I jumped right into test shots of poses. So far I’ve done cup cakes, chocolates, cookies and donuts. Here are some of the photographs that I found strong:

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I realized there are two types of photographs in the collection; 1) intense eye contact with the model, and 2) close up of mouth eating food. Both still do show the focused action, which is eating. And to note, the hands, arms, as well as the face, are all going to be covered by sugar.

The photographs with the model’s eyes have interesting interaction with the audience. It almost looks like a fashion shoot, where the model is selling a product or a particular look to the trend and appearance craving readers. With this particular shots, the models are satisfying themselves with the sugary food, where else the audiences are dissatisfied with the persuasion (they do not get to eat and fill up their sudden crave). That realization right there is the effect of sugar, and its never-ending fulfillment of hunger.

At the same time, the other type (close-ups of mouths) are also intriguing. I like the fact that they solely show eating and that’s pretty much it. It’s such a narrowly focused point, but I think it works very well, particularly to pinpoint the sugar’s influence on human body. The absence of the eyes in here does the opposite. It allows the audience to be the model and let them enjoy the moment with the sugary food.

They both do different effects, and I do like how different they are. Perhaps I can have both types together as a series. One thing I have to be careful about is the composition. Many photographs become so similar to one and another because they are all ‘eating’ photographs. I know, I know. I said there are different kinds of eating in the beginning, but the poses really become limited when it comes to how we actually eat food. There are still many things to consider.

Next week is group critique with other honors students — time to seek other people’s opinions!


But first, have some donuts.


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