Collecting Eye Candy for Inspiration—and Fun

Oyster Candy by Jann Alexander ©2014

Oysters as Eye Candy by Jann Alexander ©2014


Eye Candy. It was the way I described San Francisco, the first time I was there. Later, it was my vision of Austin, the first time I visited, and ever after since living here.

Food makes for great eye candy—food that’s worthy of photographing. Since presentation is everything, almost all food photography provokes the salivation response when the food is well presented. (The salivation response is an essential component of Eye Candy.)

Eye Candy is everywhere, though. It’s especially evident when shopping online, at an Apple Store, in a finely-tuned art gallery called Abacus in Freeport, Maine. It’s free for the perusing on design-oriented sites like Beautiful Decay, Sight Unseen, Design Milk.

I collect it, like memories, like digital photos, like sea glass on an island shore, and it’s harmless and thrilling and inspiring all at once. It’s what flows the creative juices. It’s what makes me want to be an artist, a photographer, a painter, a designer, any creative spirit I can imagine myself becoming.

Here’s a bit of Eye Candy (that’s more than deserving of initial caps) that I’ve collected recently, but by no means exhaustively:

Here’s where I display the Eye Candy I create: Pairings

What are your favorite go-to spots for stoking up your Eye Candy engine?

I'd love to hear what you think

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