Big Appetites is a collection of photographs taken by fine artist Christopher Boffoli that captures miniature toys in environments of real world food. Each photograph is accompanied with a caption that brings a smile to your face after the image of the food sets your mouth drooling.
Big Appetites amalgamates photography, food, miniature art, and storytelling. The work brings together the artists obsession with two things: childhood toys and scrumptious food. This obsession of Boffoli started as a kid, when his own body was not in proportion to the people around him who were all adults. The food references come from a general love for food and the comfort that is associated with it. The juxtaposition of these two elements imparts the images a childlike wonder and amazement.
Looking at the images, there are 90 of them, a minor visual dissonance is induced because of the variance in the scale of things. Each photograph is redolent of the old school photographs of American workers and labourers toiling away to make the New World a nation of dominance. The food selected for the backdrop is very vivid and colourful; it instantly instills life into each photograph.
The photographs for Big Appetites were taken on macro mode. Christopher Boffoli would first select the food he would want to shoot and then think of an appropriate situation where the miniatures could be placed harmoniously within the image. The miniatures were painted by hand and placed in a train layout around the food. A caption was added later that summarized the depicted situation in a humourous way.
Big Appetites works on many different levels. It glorifies food and miniature art at the same time. The images appease our sense of sight and taste at once. The captions serve as a great delight to read and make the whole experience enjoyable. I’m serving a helping of the images from the Big Appetites. To view all the work, click here: http://bigappetites.net/