A collaboration between Brooklyn-based photographer Emily Dryden and sculptor and actress Zahydé Pietri using various fruits, vegetables, and flowers to create whimsical characters. The colorful assembly entitled Fresh Faces uses a plain, black background to provide contrast and visual impact so the viewer can focus on the subject without distraction. Dryden used natural light and states in an interview that the fresh fruits and vegetables were shot almost immediately so they don't oxidize or lose vitality. Pietri also mentioned that they let the colors, shapes, and textures guide them after looking at the ingredients to make the characters work.
Inspired by the diversity of color and shape in nature, we created a cast of vibrant characters to reflect our observations. We sought to create unique personas for each piece by using fresh fruit, vegetables and botanicals. The series combines sculpture and photography to highlight and preserve their charm while still in their prime. Fresh Faces hopes to promote both cultural and agricultural diversity.The series recently took second place in the 2015 International Photography Awards in the category of Advertising, Food.