Bompas & Parr Photograph the Inner-Workings of the Digestive Tract
Provoked by the ongoing trend of foodie pictures on sites like Instagram, two artists paired up to explore another aspect of food in our everyday lives, the digestion of it. The duo, known as Bompas & Parr, wanted to take food photography in a vastly different direction and ended up showing the digestive process of a famous chef in live-time.
Once the two had the idea in their head, they simply had to figure out how to do it. Initially, the project was attempted with a small GoPro camera to achieve a “tongue eye’s vie,” but due to natural body reflexes it was unsuccessful. Then the team looked towards medical science for a solution and found the SynMed pill. This pill contains a small camera often used by doctors to explore the insides of patients.
With one pill in the possession, and experts to help, all that remained was to find a willing volunteer. Recognized chef, Gizzi Erskine, gladly offered her services and swallowed the pill in front of a waiting audience. With only one pill to use and the live nature of the event, the performance proved to be slightly nerve-wracking for the two artists.
Besides the event itself, the remaining still pictures provide a new perspective on a bodily process we couldn’t exist without. Being on the inside of our body, there will always remain a bit of mystery in the digestive cycle. We’re all taught about the construction and functions of the inner organs, but not often do we see it working before us in all its moist and colorful glory.
This new view on things truly makes us consider just what we’re putting inside ourselves and the mystery of the human body. After years of impressive medical advancement, there are still things about the body that puzzle the highest-ranking professionals. In a way, it’s comforting to know that not all questions have been answered; it gives new respect to something as familiar as our body.