FOOD FACES BY ANDREW COWEN
PHOTOGRAPHY by ANDREW COWEN
WORDS BY MAGGIE SCARDIFIELD
DESIGN BY JON FLEMING
Valentine’s day doesn’t have to be about grand gestures, long-stemmed roses and tables for two. In fact for Dish-Pig, we’d prefer it if it wasn’t.
Photographer Andrew Cowen feels the same. In his book, intimate and tender moments eventuate when you take the time to observe the seemingly ordinary details of your environment, your family and the people around you.
Like all great loves, Cowen calls attention to the pieces of the puzzle that otherwise may go unnoticed. The beauty and simplicity of the everyday, the moments that make us smile. His son Bruno (13) knelt on his bedroom floor avoiding homework, hand-drawn doodles strewn across the carpet. Elliot (9), cross-legged and blowing up a sky-blue balloon, his gaze direct and unfazed. Be it love, kindness, sorrow, humour or disappointment that Cowen has chosen to capture – you can’t help but fall in love with his images.
And fall in love you will. In a Valentine’s Day exclusive, Food Faces is a personal project by Andrew Cowen that was made over several evenings, and across several years, in a bid to get Bruno and Elliot to eat their dinner.
“I started to get into the habit of making their food into faces to increase the chances of the food getting eaten. Over time the peripheral elements in the pictures have become more important in documenting our family life. I can clearly remember where each picture was taken and what else was going on at the time,” he reveals to Dish-Pig. Romantic? We think so.
So forget about Hallmark holidays and baby’s breath. Today, let Andrew Cowen and Food Faces remind you that everyday is the 14th — and sometimes it’s more about finishing your greens, savouring every bite and taking a moment to smile.
Andrew Cowen grew up in Adelaide, South Australia. He studied fine art and design before relocating to Sydney in the early 1990s. Best known for his portraiture and landscape studies, including the now famous Adelaide series (1966-1999) and his intricate survey of abandoned buildings along the Princes Highway in NSW – Cowan is adept at turning ordinary, on its head.
Andrew Cowen lives in Bondi with his wife, model and writer Emma Balfour, and their two beautiful children, Bruno (13) and Elliot (9).
Celebrate that #everydayisthe14th with Dish-Pig. We invite you to share on Instagram an ordinary food moment, made special. Tag @dishpigs and include #dishpigfoodfaces for your chance to win a limited edition Food Faces zine from Andrew Cowen. Competition runs from February 14th until February 19th, when the competition will be drawn. Winners announced on Instagram.