Danish photographer Nikolaj Beyer has a great and creative mind that puts in his works: beautiful portraits, adv and still life. But his latest projects is what wondered us for this issue: Everyday Shoes. A collection of unique shoes made of… Food. A bar of sneakers is the heel of a shoe made from a delicious layer of melted chocolate, a pan accompanied by elegant lettuce leaves, sandal made of ground meat and laces in bacon or lard – the last word for connoisseurs: everyday objects or foodstuffs become raw material in this particular kind of fashion.
We had a talk with him, so sit down with a bowl of popcorn and enjoy.
When did your passion for photography start?
My passion for photography actually started with me shooting videos on my phone but after some time I wanted a better camera and saw a canon dslr that both shot pictures and video so i thought to myself that it would be a perfect camera for me because if I didn’t like shooting video i could always just use it as a normal camera but somehow i forgot all about shooting video for a while and got really into photography and now six years later I’m an educated photographer from Medieskolerne in Viborg.
Do you have some icons and inspiration for your work? Some photographers, maybe, or artists in general?
I love finding inspiration and I love how creative other artist and photographers are. My computer is filled with pictures of stuff I like but I don’t really have one favorite in particular.
Future projects? Can you tell us something?
Right now I’m just trying to do my best withe “everyday shoes”. Fortunately people seem to like the series so right now I’m trying to navigate through the possibilities while still doing it the right way. I’m planning an exhibition, working on some posters and other initiatives all whilst I’m trying to keep my other photography going shooting campaigns and commercial work.
You used to take pictures of food in still life, like collection Molen. How did you come up with the idea to the last project? Is it food a great kind of stimulation for creativity?
Everybody has an opinion on certain foods and everybody can relate to food. I think everyone who sees my meat sandal can imagine how cold and weird it feels on your foot and that’s actually one of the things I like about the series and that’s why I love using different kinds of foods. I try my best to do other stuff than food but its just so relatable and fun to work with.
The photos I shot at Molen is actually food made by a brilliant chef Daniel Kruse from Bornholm and the dinnerware by Sarah Oakman and Mai-britt Zelmer. Shooting Daniels food artworks on their dinnerware makes it easy but also so inspiring to shoot and work with food.
The most difficult question of all: if you can eat ONLY ONE food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
If I could only eat one food for the rest of my life it would probably be something like rice and chicken 😅
I have to ask you: what was your favourite shoes from your series? Why?
I can’t really decide which one is my favorite but the vegan stiletto with cucumber and tomato heel is in my opinion beautiful because it is so close to an actual stiletto but made from things I could find in my grandmas garden. On the other hand I do love my chocolate stiletto because of the weirdness and beautiful blank surface and also because it was a mess to shoot but it makes an amazing story about how we melted about two pounds of chocolate and dipped the foot into it.