Wacky Photos Make You Wonder How Mushroom Doughnuts Taste
Vanessa McKeown lives in a world where sundaes are made of cauliflower, balloons grow on vines, and razors leave bright swaths of color as you draw them across your skin. Her imagination seems to know no bounds, and she posts her wacky creations on Instagram, each weirder than the last.
Inspiration struck in April after McKeown returned home from a local London co-op with some juicy, on-the-vine tomatoes. Using her tiny kitchen as a studio, she replicated arranged balloons she happened to have lying around, attached them to the vine, snapped a pic. Her first “fruloon”—the name she’s given some of funny photos—was born. It kicked off a fascination with juxtaposing two objects in unexpected ways. “I was hooked,” she says.
She’s since made all sorts of strange still life photos, stacking wafer cookies like Jenga blocks and adding sprinkles to a mushroom cap so it resembles a donut. McKeown builds her “sets” by hand, spending anywhere from a few hours to a full day on the project. She prefers to do everything in-camera rather than relying on Photoshop in post. So that toy basketball really is inside an orange. No trickery necessary.
McKeown uses minimal equipment—a Canon 5D Mk II, a tripod and a couple of lights–but goes all out on her props. Most of them are made with things she finds around the house: colorful paper, cleaning supplies, fresh fruit, and of course, a ton of candy. “I hope it makes [people] as happy to look at it as much as it makes me happy to make it,” she says.
Her fun Instagram account has gained traction in recent weeks, so the pressure to produce is mounting. “Now I have few more followers I feel I have to keep them entertained,” she says. “It’s awesome to think someone else likes it too.”