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Asparagus Queen

Photography, Editing, Styling: Mary Tait

Makeup: Annie Mihm & Mary Tait

Model: Annie Mihm

I am a part of a photography group on facebook led by Diane Villadsen, and every couple of weeks or she introduces a photography challenge. Diane will present the challenge with her own photography, which is very clean and colorful. Since my aesthetic is so different I make the challenge a little more, eh, challenging I make it a point to follow the rules in a way that matches my aesthetic.

This time the challenge was to take portraits of people with vegetables on their faces. I aim to create a sort of mystical-whimsical-aetherial feel in my images, so finding a way to incorporate vegetables stuck to someone’s face was not easy. I considered different vegetables and how I could present them. Eventually I noticed the asparagus in my garden. Asparagus looks very different when it is allowed to grow after its season, and it provided the texture I wanted.

I decided to pull off the stalk ends and stick them on someone’s face with honey. I am thankgul Annie was willing to have honey put on her face. She works with makeup and hair, and she made her eyes perfect before I slathered the asparagus. The headpiece was made out of some asparagus branches which brought the whole look together. The honey instantly trickled down her face so I had to take the pictures immediately. I think the runaway honey added to the wildness of the look.

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