December 3, 2018

"They've shot the potato in such lavish detail and lighting that it looks like a jewel. It also harks back to the famous The Potato Eaters by Van Gogh."

"If you pay attention, you see the beauty in the potato, a huge richness of colours in its skin. Each potato is different. These are portraits of individual potatoes. So, it's both still life and portrait photography."

16 comments:

Rob said...

To take an artistic photograph of a potato, you need a good eye.

tcrosse said...

Keep your eyes peeled.

Ann Althouse said...

Mr. Potato head drew on the expressive features of a potato. (In the old days, you used a real potato.)

Bob Boyd said...

"They've shot the potato in such lavish detail and lighting that it looks like a jewel."

Maybe Hillary should hire these guys.

Bob Boyd said...

Personally, I don't think it looks like a jewel. It just looks like a well-lit potato.

Bob Boyd said...

As does Hillary.

Darrell said...

Looks like a potato to me.
I'll sell you some nice ones for $10 Grand, though. This week only.

EDH said...

Looks like a well-lit asteroid.

Henry said...

More Canadian Potato Museum than Van Gogh.

rhhardin said...

Tomato, potato. Do one of Erato, the greek god of mistakes.

tcrosse said...

"Shooting the Potato" sounds like some arcane sexual practice.

William Chadwick said...

I remember a friend of mine who used to complain that whenever he went to the movies, he always ended up sitting next to someone like Mel Brooks' unseen character in his award-winning animated short, "The Critic:" old, Jewish, needing to keep up a running commentary on everything. One day he goes to a Van Gogh exhibit and is standing mesmerized before "The Potato Eaters." The spell, however, is broken by an old woman with a thick Ashkenazic accent (like Brooks in "The Critic" or Zoidberg on "Futurama") standing immediately behind him.

"Boy," she said to a companion, "do I love potatoes." He told me later he felt like whirling around and elbowing her in the face.

(I told this story to a Jewish friend of mine and she said, "We used to go all over the city to torment this anti-Semitic bastard.")

Phidippus said...

I don't know where Kamini Sawhney has been (besides India) but photographers have been making images of vegetables since the medium was invented. For instance, Edward Weston's most well-known image Pepper #30 https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/39.208, Paul Caponigro's Apple https://www.artnet.com/auctions/artists/paul-caponigro/apple-2, and others too numerous to list.

The point of doing this, for those artists at least, was to illuminate through photography the miracle of the thing itself , and in this way, the miracle of conscious life that is our gift as human beings.

Of course, these photographers are just shallow jokers to whom everything is a joke. We made portraits-- of potatos! How ironic! How clever we are!

By the way, that potato did not appear to be shot , even with a very small caliber weapon. Perhaps they could try photographing the outcome of such an experiment for their next show.

rhhardin said...

If you want to attract women, put the potato in the front, not the back.

Jupiter said...

tcrosse said...
'"Shooting the Potato" sounds like some arcane sexual practice.'

Or something. I got as far as "They shot the potato..." and just stopped reading. That was enough for me. They had shot the potato. I want to shoot the potato too!

Guildofcannonballs said...

I'll be in my bunk.