Fad diets have been around for centuries and Dan Bannino has captured some of the most interesting ones as still life photographs in his new series called ‘Still Diet.’ He recreates famous food habits all the way back to Henry VIII!
You will find many modern names in the collection of images below including Simon Cowell, Beyoncé Knowles and Charles Saatchi. Bannino does not just create any ol’ setting of food though, he uses a precise classical style with a lush environment, dim lighting and antiques to set the mood.
I love that Bannino included toilet paper in Beyoncé’s still life, but the Kate Moss diet is by far the most entertaining!
Simon Cowell – “Life enhancing,” airfreight-shipped box full of pineapples, strawberries, grapes, cranberries, blueberries, oranges, mangos, and avocados, made into smoothies, plus a tank of milk for bathing in, and vitamins.
Beyoncé Knowles – “Master cleanse diet,” lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, salt, and laxative herbal tea
Luigi Cornaro – “Sober Life,” fifteenth-century Venetian nobleman, 400ml of solid food or eggs and 500ml wine.
Bill Clinton – “Cabbage diet,” cabbage soup, mixed with other vegetables.
Kate Moss – “Hollywood Diet,” martini and cigarettes.
Lord Byron – “Romantic poet’s diet,” potatoes in vinegar and soda water.
Henry VII – “The banquet diet,” Pork, chicken, rabbit, lamb, fruits, and wine.
Charles Saatchi – “The egg diet,” nine eggs prepared in multiple ways and a glass of wine
Gwyneth Paltrow – “Strict detox diet,” carrots, broccoli, onions, chickpeas, patè made with nuts and lentils, and room temperature water with lemon and/or green tea.