A feast for your eyes

98 2.5 cm cubes of raw food make this stunning isosymmetric photograph. COURTESY: Lernert & Sander

98 2.5 cm cubes of raw food make this stunning isosymmetric photograph. COURTESY: Lernert & Sander

When it comes to food, they say you eat with your eyes first. And you cannot help but do just that when it comes to Lernert & Sander’s new work, Cubes. May be that’s after you’ve tried identifying as many of the 98 cubes of raw food (we couldn’t help ourselves, too!). Commissioned by Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant last year for a feature on the nation’s eating habits, the duo started with what they could find in their neighborhood grocery store. Each type of food was then cut into cubes of 2.5 cm with a custom-designed tool, placed equidistant from the camera, each row photographed separately, and the entire image put together using digital compositing. No, absolutely no use of Photoshop. The equal distances and the one single size put all the vegetables, fruits and meats on equal footing. The digital editing turned the physically impossible feat into visual reality.  So from the commonplace tomato and carrot to the easily identifiable pomegranate, cabbage and onion, the usual suspects figure. The fish cubes are the trickiest of the lot if you ask us. But that shouldn’t stop you from making the most of this minimalistic beauty that is a stellar play of food art and design. The possibilities of food are endless. Here’s a hint: due to the diversity within each food subject, however small (cut from the top, bottom, center, etc), some of the foods repeat.

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