Russian food stylist and photographer Tatiana Shkondina elevates everyday food to high art by using it to create playful reproductions of iconic paintings by the likes of Dalí, Magritte, Klimt, van Gogh and more. Shkodina spent a lot of time researching the best edible materials to use for her recreations and, as a result, each one is instantly recognizable and the famous painting on which its based.The unmistakable work of Salvador Dalí takes shape using bread, pasta, cheese and seasonings, while René Magritte appears in the form of fruits and veggies. Watermelon, cheese, yogurt and chocolate comprise the geometric work of Piet Mondrian and two different paintings by Vincent van Gogh are beautifully recreated using peppers and lentils for one and rice, grapes and pasta for the other.
Post-production for this delightful project was done by Russian photographer Alex Tivanov.
Steve Unger, who dances on sidewalks in Holladay and Cottonwood Heights, Utah, faced the music in court on Wednesday afternoon after some police officers on the beat apparently did not appreciate his act. Following the court appearance, he has a Nov. 18 jury trial to face disorderly conduct charges. For Wednesday’s court appearance he wore a suit, saying he has never worn one before and never will again.
“What happened to me is pretty absurd,” Unger said. “I’m hoping the judge issues a reprimand to the people who did this to me.” Nearly every day, the 68-year-old retiree dons selections from his brightly coloured wardrobe, ties a bandana around his clean-shaven head, throws on the ear buds, plugs into his smart phone packed with tunes, and heads outdoors. He walks and dances up to 10 miles, sometimes bouncing a rubber ball as he “glides” along streets, avenues and lanes.
Children from the local junior high say hello, and passers-by in cars wave. But in late August, Unger’s dancing hit a sour note. His improvised moves attracted the attention of Cottonwood Heights police, who said he was blocking traffic. A police officer was dispatched, said she observed him for a time, and then later approached with two others officers. Unger said they asked for his identification, which he initially declined to provide. He was cuffed and given a citation, charging him with disorderly conduct, failure to identify himself, and interference with an arresting officer.
“Everything I did was cooperative,” Unger said. “A 160 pound, 68-year-old man is going to fight with three police officers?” Cottonwood Heights police chief Robbie Russo was in the courtroom on Wednesday and said his officers acted appropriately dealing with Unger and said there are two sides to the story of his charges. Unger said he is not “as angry as a lot of people are about it.” Still, he maintained there’s a “need to underline accountability for police officers.” Before court, Unger said expected the case to be dismissed, adding, “If it’s not dismissed, I’ll ask for a jury trial.”
The teenager could no longer take the Schlager music his father was listening to on the radio and needed an out. A concerned driver noticed the plea and called the police. After officers caught up with the father and son in Enkenbach they were able to confirm that the son was in no immediate danger.
The teenager was apparently unaware of the repercussions of his action, which the police proceeded to impress upon him. “Whether the father will start playing music that appeals to his son’s taste in the future is unclear,” police said. Schlager music is cheesy, sing-along pop music which saw its heyday in the 1960s. It has recently had something of a revival with many German men over the age of 40.