Photographer Dmitri Gerasimov from Tallinn, Estonia has a unique style to his photography, which to some degree resembles a classic still life painting. His photography offers such granular detail, lots of colors and a strong light, that even the obvious subjects (like a tomato) draws the human eye to pay close attention and give the (obvious) subject extra consideration. The results of his photography are shocking, even a little crude on the eye, but his edgy style and his dramatic vision, evoke strong reactions! Dmitri caught our attention with his EDIBLE and INEDIBLE photo projects, which are pictured in the gallery below along with a quick q/a where Dmitri tells us about his appetite for photography and chocolate.
(images 1 – 12 are EDIBLE goods and images 12 – 24 are the INEDIBLE objects)
Why did you do the Edible and Inedible photo project? I was always attracted to series of photos that had a specific common theme. Initially the theme was dead animals and birds. But then I understood that it was not enough for me, and I decided to start taking pictures of subjects that literally fall under my feet. Eventually, when I had, to my surprise, used up many dozens of film rolls or digital images I decided to divide the photos into two groups: edible and inedible.
How did you chose what to photograph? I choose subjects according to colours, shapes and textures. Objects that interest me have a certain audacious character – for example I like to shoot spoiled food. Broken, dirty, damaged or improperly formed things also are great subjects for my photos.
What message do you want people to takeaway from your Inedible and Edible photo project? I have no special message. I just draw attention to the things that cross our eyes on the regular. Daily. They are so common that you don’t even look at them. But I encourage people to see more. To take more notice. Sometimes seemingly familiar objects become unrecognizable. And that’s very important.
What is your go-to late night food snack when up all night working on a creative project? I work on the projects mainly at night, so while I view the footage, I try to eat something light that would not make me sleepy. Usually it gets down to chocolate, apples, corn flakes with milk, etc.
Lastly what type of food best represents your personality? I would say that my personality is just like chocolate with hazelnuts, in my opinion. I am completely in love with chocolate – chocolate has become an integral part of my life. I find it very difficult to imagine a day without eating at least one bar of chocolate.