For my White on White Fruit shoot, I was originally inspired by Enrico Becker’s series, GMF Fruits. I loved the strange juxtaposition of oddly-colored fruit against pastel backgrounds. It made me squeamish and uneasy, so of course, I wanted to emulate it!
The happy accident was that I didn’t have many options for background colors, and trying to do it in post turned out to be a nightmare and looked very artificial. On top of that, I ran out of time so I decided to go with just the primer, leaving me with some very surreal white fruit. What came out of it was a really rad mashup of Georgia O’Keef, Andy Warhol and a little Galagher.
The first step was picking out the fruit, I went to my local grocer and picked out the weirdest shaped fruit I could find. In hindsight, I should have went to a specialty store for more exotics fruit like a horned melon, rambutan or dragonfruit. Can you imagine what a pomegranate would look like with the seeds spilling out onto the stark white? #regrets
I painted them the night before so they wouldn’t stick together when I packed them for the studio.
WHITE ON WHITE FRUIT — THE SETUP :
- Equipment: Product table
- Lighting: Single Profoto set at 4.5 with a medium octobox 2ft away from the table, to the front-right of the fruit.
- Camera: Nikon 3100
- Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G
- Shutter: 160
- Aperture: f/1.8
- ISO: 100