Caren Alpert

18.04.2012 in14:29 in Miscellaneous -->


San Francisco based photographer Caren Alpert used her passion of food imagery and food issues to create her latest fine art project microscopically photographing food. Through her lens, common food items from blueberries to fortune cookies—are transformed into wondrous and often mysterious landscapes of texture and color. Alpert showed My Life With Science, Art and Food as a participant at this year’s Photolucida in Portland, Oregon. “As a food lover and a photographer I answer these questions visually. Using scientific laboratory photo equipment, I journey over the surfaces of both organic and processed foods: my own favorites and America’s over-indulgences. The closer the lens got, the more I saw food and consumers of food (all of us!) as part of a larger eco-system than mere sustenance.” —Caren Alpert. My Life with Science, Art and Food.What’s in our food? What’s the difference between a bird’s-eye view of a remote vegetable crop and a microscopic swath from a pineapple leaf? How distinct is a pile of table salt from miles and miles of icebergs?I’ve made a living over the last decade capturing mostly recognizable images of food. Now I want to show what is there, but what we never actually see: landscapes, patterns and textures that ignite a completely different response from the viewer.Photographs taken with electron microscopes have seized my interest because of their mystery and simultaneous familiarity. This medium deconstructs, abstracts, and reveals the ordinary in a riveting way. The closer the lens got, the more I saw food – and consumers of food – as part of a larger eco-system.There’s so much rhetoric in our culture around food: food science, food journalism, food history, and food how-to. It is my hope that these photographs might transform our food obsession into a newfound closeness with what nourishes us.

Kiwi (Косточки киви)


Fried onions (Жареный лук)


Vitamin C (Витамин C)


Brussels sprouts (Брюссельская капуста)


Anise (Анис)


Shrimp (Креветка)


Slice of pineapple (Ломтик ананаса)


Biscuit OREO (Печенье OREO)


Biscuit to the prediction (Печенье с предсказаниями)


Sprinkling for biscuit Посыпка для печенья

Chocolate cake (Шоколадный торт)


Salt (Столовая соль)


Blueberries (Черника)



Passion Fruit (Маракуйя)


Dried tomatoes(Сушеный помидор)


Cauliflower (Цветная капуста)


Purple onion (Фиолетовый лук)


Sugar (Сахар)


Coffee bean (Кофейный боб)

Lollipop (Леденец)