Whether you’re an avid supporter, or a staunch objector, London 2012 Olympic Fever was all but inescapable since the opening ceremony. While we’re afraid that we probably fall into the latter category, London-based set designer Sarah Parker and photographer Michael Bodiam are making us seriously consider switching sides for 2016 with the creative duo’s latest photo series, “A Day on My Plate.”
As they title suggests, Parker and Bodiam decided to capitalize on the Olympic Spirit by recreating Olympic nutritionist Dan Benardot’s daily diets for the athletes (a hammer thrower’s meal is depicted in the photo above). Although the images appear to feature miniature versions of the meal plans, the food was in fact placed in the context of exaggerated place settings and utensils. Using laser-cut MDF, paper, and card, Parker manipulates relative proportion in order to achieve a modern, yet whimsical final product, almost reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland.
What is likely to surprise most is that these athletes do not necessarily treat their bodies like temples when choosing what to eat. In a recent interview, Benardot explains that “many of these athletes have such enormous energy requirements and they’re so metabolically capable you could practically throw anything down the gullet and they’d be able to burn it.” And when one’s body is in peak physical condition, the occasional French fry is bound to do more psychological good, than bodily harm. Either way, it makes for good art that we can all, well, easily digest.
- James Lavapie