Vanitas artwork with the new menu of the new Rijksmuseum restaurant. I was inspired by the old painters. They used a dark tent with a lense in it as a camera obscura to project the still life on a canvas allowing them to color it. The problem was that the projection sizes were relatively small and the camera had to be shifted multiple times. This sometimes gave perspective errors, and the distance between the objects deformed. If you look closely you can see that I have photographed the table from three vanishing points, the table seems to be a little crooked. I also wanted a skull in the vanitas still life, but think it was not appropriate to put it next to the delicatiessen. I turned the light source into a large skull, which is reflected in every glass.

 

stylist : Judith Rasenberg

commissioned by De Volkskrant (Dutch newspaper)