Johannesburg based visual artist and photographer, Christy Strever has taken the art of the selfie to a whole new level. Inspired by a photo she randomly stumbled on years ago, Christy began to create a series of unique and highly artistic self-portraits in which she incorporates food and beverages.
Her signature selfies have earned her not only a growing fan base but also recognition from one of the most popular celebrity chefs in the world.
We catch up with Christy and get her to share a bit of her story, as well as how she achieves her stunning food themed self-portraits. See what she had to say below.
C&S: Tell us your story
Christy: I’m originally from Joburg. My creative journey began while working for a website called ShowMe in Plettenberg Bay. I photographed events for the website and had galleries where people could view them. When people started asking me how much I would charge for shoots, that was when I decided to follow my passion and do photography full time. I moved to Joburg in 2014 and the rest is history!
C&S: What inspired the food selfie idea?
Christy: I saw a picture of a girl with a pineapple on her head and loved it! A year later, I was looking to do something new and remembered the picture I had seen, I searched and searched for it but couldn’t find it anywhere. It was just her eyes looking up to the pineapple; with an empty space around her. So I did the same thing.
I loved the pic so much I decided to start photographing with all fruits, then vegetables; now I’m open to just about any food 🙂 I also enjoy working with certain beverages to change things up.
C&S: How long does it take to style and shoot your food selfies?
Christy: Every picture is different. The ones I think are going to take forever to paint are actually the quickest and the foods that are popular are the hardest to photograph with. I try my best to do different poses from what’s out there.
The quickest shoot was the Whiskey picture. It was quick because I already knew exactly what I wanted to do. It worked the first time around and I didn’t have to change it up.
The hardest picture (this one is tough) I would have to say is the Red Wine. I was taking the picture with my toe, so I had to deal with the timing of pouring the wine, placing it so it didn’t block my face, making sure the wine went into the glass and not all over my floor, and pulling a face where I didn’t look like a dork (laughs). In pics that have been so hard, my face always looks a bit odd because I’m concentrating too much like with the Strawberry Milk photo.
C&S: Most exciting food selfie you’ve taken so far?
Christy: Most exciting was the Strawberry Milk photo, just because of all the elements involved and the timing of capturing the milk as it hit me. Also, the Christmas tree hair shoot with a gingerbread man. My hair was so high I couldn’t drive home properly! (Laughs)
The messiest was the Nutella photo (I couldn’t touch anything and had to stand in a boiling hot shower for about 10 minutes to get it off). Oh my word, the whipped cream shoot… what a mess!
C&S: Dream food brand collaboration?
Christy: Hands down Gordon Ramsay! When he started following me on Instagram I couldn’t speak for about 10 minutes. It would be a dream come true to do something with him.
We absolutely love Christy’s work and all we can say is “Long reign the queen of food selfies!”