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.
AP13, C Print, Ed. 7+2ap, 2010
POM01, C Print, Ed. 7+1, 2009
Pepper 05, C print, Ed. 7+1ap, 2008
Beans 01, Ed. 7+1ap, 2008
WM-Sun, C Print, Ed 7+1, 2008
AO3, C Print, Ed. 7+1ap, 2007
A10, C Print, Ed. 7+1ap, 2007
WM03, C Print, Ed. 7+1ap, 2007
For more of his work, visit sakirgokcebag.com.