For the most part, Dutch photographer Arjan Benning specializes in still life photography. Crafting strange scenes for advertising agencies, museums, magazines and cultural institutions worldwide, he tries to walk “the fine line between authenticity and amazement.”
His series Ice Age does this by juxtaposing white, domestic, cluttered scenes — which in and of themselves are sometimes quite strange — with a touch of color.
That color comes from a scoop (or sometimes several) of ice cream, the flavor of which is sometimes indicated by the other props around it. For example, the brown coffee ice cream adorning a plate in front of a haphazard stack of plain white books is identified by the coffee beans leading to it.
Although the work of a still life photographer is by definition staged, Benning’s goal is to make his work seem as “effortless and natural” as possible, even if the scenes themselves are anything but:
Image credits: Photographs by Arjan Benning.