Space picnic...

Most requests I get for styling and/or photography jobs are fairly straight forward and are generally based around food or interiors. They are straight forward in the sense that I get a brief, often get an immediate instinct for the job and then tend to have a pretty good idea where I'm going with it. So far, nothing too unusual. Until a couple of weeks ago when I received the whackiest (in a good way!) brief yet. Quite literally out of this world. 

"moon landscape" tablescape for BuzzFeed

So, what was it? In short: astronaut's food. You can imagine my puzzled expression when I read it, right? BuzzFeed asked me to supply some styled images of a tablescape representing astronauts' food interpreted in my own style. As I was obviously never going to go with a "space age" theme (you know, all shiny metals and plastic), I had to find a way of combining what astronauts eat with a natural tablescape full of textures. It somehow needed to represent the environment as well as the food... And then I had a lightbulb moment: one of the reasons astronauts go into space is to land on places like the moon, right? Since nothing said the brief had to be scientifically 100% correct and based on absolute facts, I thought I'd let my imagined astronauts have a space picnic on the moon. 

"moon landscape" tablescape for BuzzFeed

Now, I obviously only have a vague idea about what it looks like on the moon since I've never actually been there (please let me know if you have). However, I'm pretty certain that it's quite dark with a lot of rocks. From there my idea and theme grew. Coincidence would have it that I was spending a bit of time in North Yorkshire, the perfect place to go up into the moors and collect stones, bits of greyish dried heather and twigs. I had my mind firmly set on slate as the main surface and was lucky to find two large pieces in a charity shop. I also did some research on the food they actually eat and found out that a lot of it is "normal" food that has been dehydrated to conserve it and that some of the first foods consumed were stored in tubes which meant they could squeeze it straight into their mouths. All that was left to do now is to put all my ideas together to make a (hopefully) stylish image out of it and photograph it. And what you see here is the result. My fantasy space picnic for astronauts and me fulfilling one of my craziest briefs so far... 

"moon landscape" tablescape for BuzzFeed

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