There are quite a few unusual photo printing ideas that have emerged over the years, but photographer Lawrence Sumulong‘s latest technique is one of the sweetest we’ve seen — literally. For his project Lacuna, Sumulong printed his photos on edible frosting layers designed for use on cakes.
The frosting is then transferred onto fine art watercolor paper and distorted with water and paintbrushes.
“Lacuna charts my travels throughout the historic sites and landscapes of Maui looking for scenes and moments that represent the social realities and tensions that run through the island,” Sumulong tells PetaPixel. “The fact that Maui is a stock honeymoon destination called to mind weddings and wedding cakes. It was from there that it made sense to print on something edible since so much of this experience was about how we consume culture.”
The photographer says that the look of his prints was inspired by gum bichromate print, an alternative process that produces a painterly quality that he’s fond of.
Sumulong is a Filipino who was born and raised in the US mainland, and he says his choice of using frosting is also “a gesture to the resource (sugar) that the first wave of Filipino immigrants labored to cultivate.”
Image credits: Photographs by Lawrence Sumulong and used with permission