Bizarre-looking Fruits by Sarah Illenberger

photos of bizarre-looking fruits and vegetables

When you slice open an orange, you expect to see well, the inside of an orange. The same goes with a pineapple, an eggplant and an apple, right? Wrong.

German designer Sarah Illenberger transforms ordinary fruits and vegetables and fuses them with inedible objects such as wood, hair, shoelaces, lipstick and more. The results are surreal, almost to the point where your brain cannot reconcile the different textures together. When you see fruits or vegetables, you don’t even have to think about it—it’s food. They go in your mouth. They go in pots and pans or ice cream bowls. Sarah’s fruits and vegetables however, do not.

In Pina Colada, she replaces the pineapple’s outer scale-like segments with the small reflective panels of a disco ball. On paper, it sounds unusual, but visually, it works.

photo of bizarre-looking fruit

My personal favorite out of the series so far is Lipstick, which shows a carrot in place of the actual lipstick inside the casing. It’s too bad this isn’t a real lip product because the color is spot on for spring/summer! I like the touch of Chanel, too.

photo of bizarre-looking vegetable

This one called  Hairy Apple makes me feel all sorts of weird inside. I find it equal parts disturbing and fascinating.

photo of bizarre-looking fruit

Others from this series:

photo of bizarre-looking vegetables

photo of bizarre-looking vegetables

photo of bizarre-looking fruit

photo of bizarre-looking vegetables

You’d think that with all of us trying to one-up with each other we’d have run out of ideas by now, but I’m constantly surprised by so many new concepts that people still manage conjure up.

Finding a source of inspiration is as easy as looking around your house. Fruits, vegetables, furniture, or even special lighting can lead to an interesting project such as this one. I would never have thought to do anything similar to this, so it makes me especially grateful to come across such talented people who share their work online. It’s one thing to master the technical aspect of photography, but I think one’s vision and resourcefulness is far more interesting to see.

Check out the rest of the photos in this series here. You can also purchase prints on Sarah Illenberger’s website.

Patricia Ramos the author

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.

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