Princely Feast
May 14, 2010 7:43 AM   Subscribe

Princely Feast
Morels, daggered lettuce, fiddlehead ferns, rabbits, and tender, tender lamb. Part morality tale, this photoessay on foraging and seasonal food was shot over three days as part of the ongoing project 'The Voracity,' exploring hunger, consumption, and beauty. Previously.

From concept to art direction to execution and post production there is a lot to talk about, but instead I'll just link the artists that made this vision come to life:
photos: Anna Williams
set design: Pamela Duncan Silver
food styling: Susan Sugarman
design/layouts: Darhil Crooks
posted by infinitefloatingbrains (3 comments total)

Way cool! Makes me think of A Midsummer Night's Dream crossed with a Martha Stewart Living magazine photo shoot. Ethereal at first, then slowly corporealizing with images of flesh and earth.

Oh, geez, you've got me talkin' in metaphor!

What led you to come up with concept of this photo essay? Were you out hiking one day, or...?

Either way, it's very nice. I liked the previous photo essay as well, but I feel this one has a bit more narrative and cohesion. The flower flan looked tasty.
posted by ElectricBlue at 10:04 PM on May 14, 2010

Thanks - glad you liked it! The concept was already in place, a variation on the theme of hunger. It was Anna and Pamela that really came up with the vision - something they could see in their mind based off colors, tone, and an overall feel. Then I came up with the story, really just a loose narrative to give context to the images. Everything came from a visual idea, we just worked backwards. Very different from the way a lot of magazine stories are produced - where they have a concept (usually seasonal) and generate art direction from there. In that regard we had a lot of freedom to shoot interesting and spontaneous moments (though all the food was planned well in advance because certain items had to be shipped). And then when it was all over, we pulled the selects and laid out the story with the main concept in mind - and everything had that strong visual theme that the artists had imagined in the first place.
posted by infinitefloatingbrains at 12:04 PM on May 17, 2010

The tones are really lovely.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream crossed with a Martha Stewart Living" - hehehehe.
posted by gomichild at 10:49 PM on May 23, 2010

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