WPC – Andy Warhol’s Dinnertime

Anyone for soup?

The current Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge theme is Dinnertime, which made me think of a series of images that I shot a number of years ago, as I had drawn inspiration from a rather iconic pop art work from the 1960s.

Chicken Noodle Soup

This can is one of a sizable series of images that I shot of a major portion of the range of soups that Campbell had for sale that year.  After studying the technique used by Andy Warhol in his iconic ‘Campbell Soup Cans’ work, I attempted to emulate the look and feel of his acrylic paintings by adjusting the lighting and ensuring that the angle, at which I pointed my lens at each soup can, matched too.

At some point in time, I will print a full set of 32 images, so that I can hang them as a single installation; I actually have a space in mind for this.

Now, open a can of Chicken Noodle Soup and feed your body and soul!  Enjoy!!

Technical Details

The images were shot using a Canon EOS 5D Mk II camera with an EF 70-200mm f/2.8L lens.  The lighting setup included 2 strobes with softboxes balanced to get a rather flat lighting feel without any harsh shadows.

Inspired by Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Dinnertime

Author: jansenphoto

A Fresh Perspective Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment. Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael. My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals. Universal Connections My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation. This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections. Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client. And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!

7 thoughts on “WPC – Andy Warhol’s Dinnertime”

    1. Wow!! No, I wasn’t aware of the theft. I surely hope they recover the 7 stolen prints.

      Thank you very much for sharing this and your kind comments!!


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