Photographer Recreates Van Gogh with Food

Colored salts and spices create gorgeous landscapes

Photographer Kelly McCollam recreated some famous Van Gogh pieces uses spices and chips, and painted gorgeous landscapes using salt and food coloring.

McCollam started these recreations in college and has continued for about two years. She uses red, blue, green, and yellow food coloring as base paints to mix colors and a single Morton-sized salt container (which lasts five compositions) for her salt pieces. Each of these takes three to five days to construct.

See her pieces below, including Van Gogh's "Starry Night," where she uses cloves for the tree, colored salt, lemon powder, cayenne, mustard, and onion chips. And no, she does not cook with the salt, although she says you probably could.


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