ConceptEuropeMagical Bestiary by Patrizia Piga

Humans seem like wanting to outdo God with their imaginative splendor, therefore they invent and create sometimes wonderful things, sometimes aberrations.
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Humans seem like wanting to outdo God with their imaginative splendor, therefore they invent and create sometimes wonderful things, sometimes aberrations.

Sometimes, things that are completely out of touch, sometimes things that are on a world of their own. And often they are neither good nor bad, it depends on how the human heart wants to use them.Luckily, humans found their way, inventing what did not exist and change what is already there. Without making a mess. As I did with these photographs.Future world is still to be created and, with creativity, everything is possible.In Magical Bestiary, vegetables, food and animal world melt together and it is not a matter of the vegan/vegetarian feeding, it is just a funny game.It all starts with analogy. I cut in two a big pineapple and I see the carapace of a turtle, and the nut is its head…

Some extra elements such as cooking utensils are added, in order to make it even funnier. Each of them carries a simple but primary message for people and children. The colander on the eggplant head of the sheep wants to suggest to be unique, to find some original ideas in your head, not to do what others do like a sheep in a herd.

The tomato centipede, with its tomatoes stuck to its spine, is a hint to spread our own abundance, sharing both stuff and ideas. The overall idea behind the project is to make a book for children who don’t like eating vegetables, they may see it as a new playing matter.Technically, I shot each element separately, because proportions do not always match. I use strobe lights in my studio set, then I assemble it all with Photoshop. I use a Nikon D750 and a tilt shift Nikkor 85mm lens.

About Patrizia Piga

Patrizia Piga was born in Torino, Italy. She attended studies related to advertising graphics and meanwhile the university in Foreign Languages.

She has 20 years of experience in food photography, gained in Turin’s studio Piga&Catalano, that creates shots especially for major italian food brands’ packaging. The transition from analo- gue to digital shooting leads her to get especially passionate in post production, which becomes part of her work, and awakens an old passion for drawing and illus- tration. So, in 2015 she decided to launch her first indipendent art project – a series of surreal photos, inspired by the universe of food, which could be described with the term Foodscape. With her working partner Flavio Catalano carries out the project Mystic Light, a series of still lifes inspired by the light and the compositions of the Flemish painters. Both projects participating in exhibitions and publications and are also used for advertising purposes.

She has been awarded at:IPA (Usa) 2016, 2nd place at Fine Art collage category. One Eyeland Photography Awards (India) 2016, finalis at Fine Art Collage category. MIFA (Moscow) 2017 3rd place at Pro Fine Art Collage. PX3 (Paris) 2017, 1st place at Professional Advertising Food. [Official Website]

Magical Bestiary | Patrizia Piga

Magical Bestiary | Patrizia Piga

Magical Bestiary | Patrizia Piga

Magical Bestiary | Patrizia Piga

Magical Bestiary | Patrizia Piga

Magical Bestiary | Patrizia Piga

Magical Bestiary | Patrizia Piga

Magical Bestiary | Patrizia Piga

Magical Bestiary | Patrizia Piga