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Disturbing Menu-Inspired Portraits

Robbie Postma and Robert Harrison Created Artful Food Portraits

— April 18, 2017 — Lifestyle
Robbie Postma, a chef, and Robert Harrison, a photographer, joined forces for a project that shows what the contents of a gourmet menu would look like if they were applied to a human face.

The resulting images are a little disturbing to look at, as the subjects have their faces completely covered in bright food products that have some incredibly unique textural qualities. For example, one image shows a man who has some sort of green goo dripping from his face, along with what looks to be chocolate coming from his eyes, and raspberry jam pouring from his mouth. With this combination of textures and vivid colors, he looks like a terrifying swap creature that just ate something bloody.

Other images within the Robbie Postma and Robert Harrison project include a man covered in shards of glass with red wine spewing from his mouth, and another man who seems to resemble an octopus and its ink.
Trend Themes
1. Food-portraiture - The creation of artistic portraits by incorporating food on human faces presents an opportunity for food photographers and chefs alike to showcase their artistry and creativity.
2. Experimental-menu-creations - The use of unconventional food items in creating menu offerings can appeal to diners looking for a unique culinary experience, and can enable chefs to showcase their culinary inventiveness.
3. Multi-sensory-dining - Multi-sensory dining experiences that engage diners' sense of sight, smell, touch, and taste can be explored further with food-portraiture creations and experimental menu offerings.
Industry Implications
1. Food-photography - The development of new and unconventional food-portraiture techniques can inspire and expand the realm of food photography, presenting an opportunity for food photographers to distinguish themselves in a crowded market.
2. Fine-dining-restaurants - Fine-dining restaurants can incorporate experimental menu items to appeal to adventurous diners looking for unique culinary experiences, and using food-portraiture as an ode to their creativity and food craftsmanship.
3. Art-exhibitions - The use of food-portraiture as a medium for art can find its way to galleries and exhibitions, introducing a new form of artistic expression that combines the culinary arts and visual arts.
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