Shu Akashi Plays With His Food for Vogue Japan
Vogue Japan approached Shu Akashi with a curious premise for its February issue: photograph a dozen foods to match astrologist Susan Miller's lucky color reading for each month of 2014.
Given the hues (green, light brown, pink, red, white, shiny blue, black, turquoise, deep red, yellow, silver, and gold), Akashi first had to decide on the ingredients – a challenge in and of itself. "I came up with honey for gold, and caviar for black, and I was surprised to find champagne with a blue tint," he remarked. "I then brainstormed and went through many sketches to create the compositions."
Akashi noted that he's never been asked to shoot mint ice cream and marshmallows "in a graphic, fashion setting," and drew from a range of visual codes. "For the macarons, I invoked surrealism, picturing them as though they are floating in the air or penetrating the wall."