FOOD FANATIC

Vegas Magazine - - Now In Vegas - – Don Chareunsy

Pho­tog­ra­pher and food sci­en­tist Nathan Myhrvold’s Mod­ernist Cui­sine Gallery (mod­ernistcuisine­gallery.com) opened in May at The Fo­rum Shops at Cae­sars Palace, plac­ing food front, cen­ter and mas­sive for your, ahem, con­sump­tion. Which begged two ques­tions: Where do you find in­spi­ra­tion for your strik­ing im­ages? “When I de­cided about a decade ago to cre­ate the cook­book Mod­ernist Cui­sine: The Art and Sci­ence of Cook­ing, I saw an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity to do some­thing new in food pho­tog­ra­phy—to por­tray food in new and un­ex­pected ways that si­mul­ta­ne­ously draw read­ers in and il­lus­trate the sci­ence at work in cook­ing. My team and I looked into the idea of sell­ing prints, and it be­came clear that the only way for­ward would be to open our own gallery.” Who col­lects 10-foot-tall im­ages of bread­crumb land­scapes and chard? “I think that my pho­tog­ra­phy speaks to peo­ple for whom the spe­cific sub­ject in the photo and the broader topic of food are im­por­tant parts of their lives. I can say that peo­ple def­i­nitely like food—all of our homes in­clude a place to cook and eat. And they clearly also like pho­tos of food—wit­ness In­sta­gram. There has never been a bet­ter time to love food. Art that you have in your home or of­fice should be some­thing that de­lights and en­gages you on a daily ba­sis. I hope that my pho­to­graphs al­low peo­ple to ex­press how food makes them feel and who they are.”

“Beta Vul­garis” by Nathan Myhrvold, lim­ited edi­tion: 300

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