Monday night, after I posted to the blog, I sat myself down to have a little chat. 'Enough is enough!' I said. 'No more procrastinating and no more projects until this one is in the bag'. This is one project that I was feeling a little nervous about because it was going to take me outside of my comfort zone. I never really work in such a sterile, stark lighting environment. I'm usually drawn to more natural lighting conditions and a homier atmosphere. I decided to listen to myself, and first thing Tuesday morning I pulled out my lights and whipped up some icing. Once I got down to work, I kept wondering what had possessed me to shoot such a stark, white-on-white project, seeing as this is not usually the kind of look that attracts me. After some thought, I realized that there was just something about the shape, sheen and starkness of white piped icing that made me feel the need to display it on a crisp white background. My original plan for the second shot (the cake slice) was to keep it crisp and clean and as white as the piping. Well, that obviously wasn't my final decision. Two factors played into my reason for smushing the cake:
1. Apparently it's really hard to cleanly mask a single piece of cake that is built out of pieces of box-brownie stacked together to appear as one. (It's a bit of a long story - I'll get into it another time. I do think I deserve some creativity and resourcefulness points for this one though).
2. Everything was looking a bit too 'hospitaly' for me and I just wanted to make a bit of a mess: a well thought out and organized mess, mind you, but a mess none the less. There is just something about imperfection that really interests me.
All in all, I'm happy I tried out this new approach. I may even shoot a 'part 2.'