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Gustav Almestål: O Gluttony! Divine gluttony! for The Gourmand (detail)

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Gustav Almestål’s makes food oddly erotic in his O Gluttony! Divine gluttony! series for The Gourmand

The sensual connection between food and sex is a well-established idea, manifested particularly in aphrodisiacs, those edibles believed to be imbued with some sort of direct line to the erogenous zones. For the new issue of Dave Lane and Marina Tweed’s food magazine The Gourmand, Swedish photographer Gustav Almestål has produced a series called O Gluttony! Divine gluttony! which fixates on various foodstuffs – including papaya, brie and renowned aphrodisiac oysters – with almost pornographic relish. With the help of Niklas Hansen’s exceptional styling, these pictures wallow in the colours and textures of their subjects with an intense but not overt eroticism based on their oozing, glistening, vibrancy. It’s all kind of confusing I suppose, but it certainly suggests The Gourmand is picking up where it left off with its impressive inaugural issue. Tasty indeed!

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