Saturday, August 23, 2008

Toronto, Cakes, Pastries, and Retro-Rudolphs

Hello everyone, I haven’t done any posts for the last while because my wife and I have been in Toronto visiting our daughter for the last 8 days. It’s great to get away from routine and experience new things.

In my earlier postings I had mentioned how I love candy for its shapes and colours, well I may as well add pastries and cakes to that list.

I was photographing cakes and pastries in bakery windows as well as in the showcase in one bakery/coffee shop.

Beautifully done cakes and pastries are like little sculptures. It is going to be interesting to see how these little morsels make their way into my work, lots of ideas are coming to mind.
Just before we left for Toronto I got in touch with Lori Rudolph of Retro-Rudolphs. We had a great talk and have been sending e-mails back and forth. Check out her website at While you are doing that check out her blog

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Giant fiberglass food

I love the giant fibreglass food that is used in Switzerland to advertise a restaurant or bakery.

The giant ice cream cone was photographed in Bern, Switzerland, it stands almost 6 feet tall! It would be great as a sculpture in our home.

I photographed this giant sausage in Thun, Switzerland, it stands almost 5 feet tall.

This giant croissant was photographed in Interlaken Switzerland, it stands almost 5 feet tall. These sculptures are made commercially. My son mentioned when I was taking the photos that it was like someone photographing McDonalds over here. The fibreglass items in North America are generally cartooned and meant to be "fun" mascots for a fast food chain. These European items are mostly realistic representations of food. I did see a wonderful baker made out various types of bread and pretzels. Unfortunately I didn't get a picture of it or the giant sandwich made in a roll complete with meat, lettuce, and tomatoes. Oh well next time.

The beer jug is at least 8' high and was photographed outside of a restaurant in Grub, Switzerland. It was probably made specifically for the restaurant. It isn't made from a mould and therefore is a little rougher in its finished look.