‘I want to give the viewer a different look at a product, which they usually just see as a dried product to cook with’
(Personal work, 2018)
For a previous series of images ( Sprouting & Rotting ), I was experimenting with the germination of all kinds of ingredients, also dried beans & grains…. during this research I developed a considerable fascination for the germination process and so I decided to make a separate series about it, this time only with a focus on dried beans and grains. In this series I want to give the viewer a different look at a product, which they usually just see as a dried product to cook with, it is actually very interesting to see what happens when you let it germinate and watch the evolution that it undergoes.
From four different ingredients I’ve created two images, one at the beginning of germination, when the embryo inside awakens ( these are the close-up images in sepia tones ) and then a second image when the germ has already evolved into a sprout with roots that are looking for nutrition (eventually the mother fruit dies), these are the pictures in color.
A little background info off the germinating process:
”Dried beans & kernels In the edible form as we know them, exist in a sleeping state, when exposed to water/oxygen/temperature, the embryo inside off them wakes up, during the first development they use gravity to determine the direction of growth, to start the germination & rooting it uses all the spare food from inside the bean, finally the shell dies & the embryo becomes a new life form