These 3 Photographers Reveal the Odd Art of Organizing Your Food

There’s something calming and gratifying about objects sorted and organized – a human neurological quirk that’s made its way into affinity groups and bestseller lists, and is shared by many of us here at Mylio (and, we suspect, by you too). The three creatives below are definitely on board with organizing, with three takes on food still lifes that are both fun and satisfying. What must their dinner plates have looked like growing up? Links will jump you down the page: Lernert & Sande: Cubes Sam Kaplan: Pyramids Unwrapped Brittany Wright: Food Gradients Lernert & Sande When the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant wanted an arresting image for their special photo documentary project about food, they reached out to artists Lernert & Sande. The duo’s finished effort: nearly 100 perfect 1 x 1 x 1-inch raw, comestible cubes. You can buy prints of the work here. And for those of you who don’t think the image is quite organized enough, take heart: one obsessive netizen has — wait for it — assiduously labeled each of the cubes. Via boredpada. Sam Kaplan New York-based commercial photographer Sam Kaplan shoots plenty of assignments for clients, but his Pyramids Unwrapped project was a personal effort, reflecting… Continue reading These 3 Photographers Reveal the Odd Art of Organizing Your Food

15 Deceptively Sweet Portraits of Kids Surrounded by What They Eat

You may or may not be fed up with tired of the endless carousel of Instagram food posts (because really, y’all, how many pictures of just-so lattes and bowls of berries can one civilization consume?) — but the fact remains that photos are great tools for documenting what goes into our bodies. And in the hands of the right artist, photos are especially useful for exploring how what we eat relates to bigger concepts of health, culture, and sustainability. For example: we’ve featured Henry Hargreaves’ mashup of electronics consumer culture and fast food, and James Ostrer’s primal sugar-fiend fetishes. And for insight into how we relate to our immediate environment, we’ve seen Paula Zuccotti’s oddly satisfying catalogues of every personal item people touch in a day. Here, with his Daily Bread series, Gregg Segal takes a similarly bean-county approach to Zuccotti’s: everything kids eat in a week, at a glance. I began to look more deeply at food – what we’re eating and throwing away. The conversation about what we should and shouldn’t be eating is growing louder, but how much – if at all – are our diets changing? To find out, I’m asking kids to keep a journal of everything… Continue reading 15 Deceptively Sweet Portraits of Kids Surrounded by What They Eat

Here’s What You Get When You Put Your iPhone in a Deep Fryer

There’s just no way around it, so it’s probably best to just get it out of the way and say it up front: Henry Hargreaves likes to play with his food. The food artist and photographer often juxtaposes edible stuff with biting (Man! Unavoidable, I tell you) commentary on popular culture, and our sometimes fraught relationship with what we eat. In a meditation on our national sugar fixation, for instance, he’s filled a pig piñata with pork products (and yes, then smashed it open, ew). Other times, he just has fun. To wit: the series Jello Submarine (yes, literally), and Bacon alphabet (exactly what you think it is, only better). Deep Fried Gadgets, which was shot by Hargreaves and styled by Caitlin Levin, falls somewhere in between: a commentary on disposable, consumer culture served up hot, greasy, and probably not too healthy — just like our fast food nation likes it. And it’s fun. I like to play with food and the juxtaposition of different worlds. I found a video of some japanese kids trying to deep fry a PSP and eat it, it didn’t work and they made a mess of it, but I loved the idea and thought… Continue reading Here’s What You Get When You Put Your iPhone in a Deep Fryer