Thu 19 May 2011
It’s a pretty exciting day in the studio when I get to set stuff on fire!
This flaming corn rocketship image illustrates the cover story of Foreign Policy magazine: “The Food Issue: The New Geopolitics of Food.”
It was intriguing, thinking about how to build a rocket from corn cobs—especially fun figuring out how to show it blasting off. (Of course my mad-scientist cohort was food stylist, Lisa Cherkasky.) The rocket body was constructed with pins and mounted on a rod (retouched out). The flames are real. We doused the cornhusk with rubber cement and just lit it up! We did the same to the wheat below, also for the Food Issue. My inner 8-year-old pyromaniac was thrilled!
To get the wind effect in the “Dust Bowl” image below, my assistant, Isaac Oboka manned the canned air, and aimed it into the bowl of whole-wheat flour.
Shooting pretty food is lovely—it makes my heart sing—but it is cool to do something completely different sometimes! I love working with creative art directors who bring me unusual challenges.
These images (and several others from this Foreign Policy cover story) are also featured as my Spring editorial campaign highlight on the excellent photography site, AtEdge, where you can also view my Spring advertising campaign highlights and selections from my portfolio.