This is a picture of a dish in my kitchen, filled with summer vegetables, which serves to illustrate that what you see is not what you get. It is not what I got either, at first. What it is is what I got after I had plied the image with a healthy dose of virtual Botox ( Butox is similar but only for rump). It is how I imagined the vegetables would look whilst I was choosing them. At such moments my “across a crowded room” filter can be inadvertently activated with the result that truth is replaced with desire. The vegetables that I chose were perfect specimens, richly coloured and, amazingly, blemish free. Let me confess that I have nothing against blemishes on vegetables; on the contrary, with unfiltered vision I see them as a stamp of quality and authenticity, as clear evidence that they have spent time in, on or just above the soil, and have been in close contact with Mother Nature on her good and bad days. The moment of waking with the results of the “across a crowded room filter” can be a moment tinged with surprise and, dare I say it, disappointment. Vegetables being inanimate ( not an argument into which I have any desire to enter) on this particular waking moment the emotions were one sided. I don’t know if the vegetables felt the same disappointment as I did; I hope not, as they don’t have recourse to Photoshop to mend a broken heart…or blemished skin When I first worked on the picture I was full of good intentions and was midway through swearing to tell the truth when I threw the Bible out of the window and just started swearing; cursing the mendacity of the cicatrised cuckoo specimens before me and wondering how they had surreptitiously replaced my preciouses ( I’m not convinced that it’s the plural of precious, but why not) in my shopping basket. There is a similarity in all this to the Portrait of Dorian Grey as the vegetables that modeled for this portrait have now withered and started to show signs of rottenness. Sic transit Gloria…she should never have eaten it in the first place.
One of the aubergines survived to make a very good dish of grilled aubergine, tomato and mozzarella which does taste as good as it looks…or looks as good as it tastes..