Food stylist Michelle Gatton collaborates on photo series that makes “Invasive Species” look yummy

The media is abuzz about food stylist Michelle Gatton’s latest project: a most unusual collaboration with photographer Christopher Testani and art director Mason Adams. “Invasive Species: Envisioning the Future of American Food,” the trio’s photo series, features dishes made from critters like squirrel, earthworms, snails, and Canadian geese and has been covered by Fast Company, NPRFeature Shoot, Design Taxi, and others.

“Communities around the world are increasingly overrun by invasive critters,” notes NPR’s food blog, The Salt, adding, “Scientists have said that one way to deal with these creatures is to eat them up. The problem is, they don’t seem very appetizing.”

If the artful images created by Michelle—who also created the recipes for the project—and her collaborators don’t necessarily make you want to pick up a fork, they at least provide food for thought. “We want people to perhaps question what they could actually sit down and enjoy,” she tells NPR.

Here’s a look at “Invasive Species,” which was shot at Pure Space studio in New York City…

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From “Invasive Species: Envisioning the Future of American Food.” Food styling by Michelle Gatton. Photos by Christopher Testani. Art direction by Mason Adams.

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From “Invasive Species: Envisioning the Future of American Food.” Food styling by Michelle Gatton. Photos by Christopher Testani. Art direction by Mason Adams.

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From “Invasive Species: Envisioning the Future of American Food.” Food styling by Michelle Gatton. Photos by Christopher Testani. Art direction by Mason Adams.

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From “Invasive Species: Envisioning the Future of American Food.” Food styling by Michelle Gatton. Photos by Christopher Testani. Art direction by Mason Adams.

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From “Invasive Species: Envisioning the Future of American Food.” Food styling by Michelle Gatton. Photos by Christopher Testani. Art direction by Mason Adams.

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From “Invasive Species: Envisioning the Future of American Food.” Food styling by Michelle Gatton. Photos by Christopher Testani. Art direction by Mason Adams.

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From “Invasive Species: Envisioning the Future of American Food.” Food styling by Michelle Gatton. Photos by Christopher Testani. Art direction by Mason Adams.

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From “Invasive Species: Envisioning the Future of American Food.” Food styling by Michelle Gatton. Photos by Christopher Testani. Art direction by Mason Adams.

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2 Comments

  1. Posted 06/03/2014 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful styling. I love the juxtaposition of the beauty and the macabre.

  2. Cynthia
    Posted 06/04/2014 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Quite fascinating! ;)


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