My tutor thought I would be interested in the work of Sophie Calle and he was sure right about that. Sophie Calle is an artist who puts herself in different roles and chases the mystery of her life and that of others. She is a true conceptual artist; all her art, writings and photography carry an idea, experience, or a quest she has put herself others in.
There's one project that I wanted to write about in this blog, since I've been thinking and reading about the use and meaning of colour in photography. In her project: 'The Chromatic Diet', Calle places herself in the role of Maria, a character based on Sophie Calle herself, that writer Paul Auster created in his book 'The Leviathan'. In this article you can read about how Calle acts out her 'own' role. One part was to follow a diet that's purely based on colour. Calle created beautiful meals and has made some stunning photographs.
There are a lot of really fascinating things to say about Calle and this project, but for now I'd like to point out how strange it is to look at these photos. Normally, in food photography the colour of the food bring associations with health and different tastes. In this diet the function of colour is purely the colour itself and the food solely serves as a vehicle to show its color. But it's still food, and the idea of the diet is about food. So you could wonder if these plates are all about colour, are you supposed to eat it? Is it supposed to nourish you?
Sophie Calle is able to bring something mysterious and exciting to very everyday objects and people, always starting off with an outrageous idea. I love her originality and openness and hope that one day I'll be able to show myself through my work the way she does, even if a little.
Photos: S. Calle "The chromatic diet" / "Le régime Chromatique" 1997 from: http://crowincrowndotcom.wordpress.com/2011/02/23/the-chromatic-diet-sophie-calle/