Culinary photographers Pierre Javelle and Akiko Ida take inspiration from the beauty of food to create beautiful miniature landscape photographs. Called MINIMIAM, the series transforms ordinary food into new worlds, using the help of miniature figurines to throw off perspective. The imaginative series is featured at the International Agriculture Show, which will open in Paris in February.
Derived from a combination of the words for “miniature” and “yummy” in French, MINIMIAM invites the viewer into a fantastical world where eggs are mountains and doughnuts are a terrain in which to golf on. The pair uses train model miniature figures, which are 1/87 scale, to throw off perspective and allow the fantastical settings to appear more realistic once captured on film.
In the world of MINIMIAM, skaters ride the bowl of a sliced avocado, sun bathers relax atop a caramelized crepe, and bicyclists around hills of eggs. Other pieces celebrate the bright colors of vegetables, using red peppers as a brilliant fire that miniature firemen attempt to tame. Miniature art gallery visitors marvel at peanut sculptures on pedestals, while a miniature artist works nearby on a shelled peanut with hammer and chisel.
Since Javelle and Ida are already food photographers, they decided to take their works on step further, by adding the element of a fantasy narrative to the common subjects they shoot every day. MINIMIAM is a playful series of 60 diptychs, that honors the day to day beauty in what we eat.
Via This is Colossal