Photographer Re-imagines Fruits and Vegetables as Fine Art

© Şakir Gökçebağ

For those of us food enthusiasts who go to the farmers market and ogle the eggplant, sigh at the squash, and caress the kale, produce already has an elevated position on the pedestal. But all too often, the miraculous food that comes from the ground is whisked, in all its clamshell-shrink-wrapped glory, straight from the supermarket shelf and sacrificed, with nary a nod, to a hastily consumed meal.

Which is fine. That's what food is for. But things that emerge from the dirt and sprout from trees are also really beautiful - for the sustenance they provide as well as on a purely aesthetic level. Which is why the photographs by Şakir Gökçebağ are so stunning. Born in Turkey and residing in Hamburg, the photographer re-imagines fruit and vegetables in graceful patterns and geometric configurations that playfully elevate the often-mundane things that we eat, to fine art. By removing them from their normal context, Gökçebağ nudges us to reconsider the staples in the fruit bowl, and reminds us that sometimes playing with your food is a good thing.

Apple Peach

© Şakir Gökçebağ

AP13, C Print, Ed. 7+2ap, 2010

Pomegranate

© Şakir Gökçebağ

POM01, C Print, Ed. 7+1, 2009

Pepper

© Şakir Gökçebağ

Pepper 05, C print, Ed. 7+1ap, 2008

Beans

© Şakir Gökçebağ

Beans 01, Ed. 7+1ap, 2008

Watermelon-Slice

© Şakir Gökçebağ

WM-Sun, C Print, Ed 7+1, 2008

Apples

© Şakir Gökçebağ

AO3, C Print, Ed. 7+1ap, 2007

© Şakir Gökçebağ

A10, C Print, Ed. 7+1ap, 2007

Watermelon

© Şakir Gökçebağ

WM03, C Print, Ed. 7+1ap, 2007

For more of his work, visit sakirgokcebag.com.

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