Saturday, July 23, 2011

Identification quiz

The first photo is a shrimp tail magnified x230 and the second is cake sprinkles x65 (pretty deadly looking!) These are just two of the photographs in an online exhibit by Caren Alpert called My Life with Science, Art and Food
What’s the difference between a bird’s-eye view of a remote vegetable crop and a microscopic swath from a pineapple leaf? How distinct is a pile of table salt from miles and miles of icebergs? As a food lover and a photographer I answer these questions visually. Using scientific laboratory photo equipment, I journey over the surfaces of both organic and processed foods: my own favorites and America’s over-indulgences. The closer the lens got, the more I saw food and consumers of food (all of us!) as part of a larger eco-system than mere sustenance.

Equally hard to fathom are these minute, pencil-lead sculptures by Dalton Ghetti. He takes this humble writing/drawing instrument and fashions wonders from its graphite tip. His work reminds me of "In the Reign of Harad IV," Steven Millhauser’s fable about a miniaturist that Cynthia Ozick read recently on a New Yorker podcast. 

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