How much inspiration do you get from other senses to create your visual art? The latest episode of Canon Australia’s project The Lab tries to explore the connection of two senses – vision and taste. Three photographers get together, and instead of using their eyes, they can only use taste to get inspired and create a photo. So, what does it look like when the taste becomes a photograph?
Clayton Wells, head chef of the restaurant Automata, prepared three dishes for three photographers. They were supposed to eat it and imagine a photo based on the taste, but there was a catch – they ate the food blindfolded. So, there was no way of seeing the dish and let its look inspire the photo. Only tastes and textures they felt in their mouth affected the final result. It seems they god pretty inspired, and these are their dishes and the resulting photos:
I find this experiment interesting and inspiring, and I believe it opens new possibilities. Although considering how much I love chocolate, I am surprised its divine taste still hasn’t inspired any of my photos.
Joke aside, when it comes to senses and their effect on my work, I mainly get inspired by sound. I make lots of photos based on the music and emotions it causes in me. However, I’ve never had a photo inspired by taste or smell, yet sensations like this are a part of my everyday life. They are powerful tools for causing certain emotions, sensations and memories – and these can be a beautiful base for photographic work. So from now on, I think I’ll give my other senses an equal chance in inspiring me for photography.
What do you think? Are you willing to try an experiment like this? Which senses most frequently mix with your visual art and get you inspired? Share your thoughts in the comments.