Mutato Project: Celebrating Imperfect Beauty
Uli Westphal's photography project celebrates the imperfect but natural mutations of produce we never see in grocery stores.
Mutato is a project by German artist Uli Westphal that captures a images of a collection of non-standard fruits, roots & vegetables. The produce displays a confounding variety of shapes and forms that result from natural, botanical anomalies, which rarely (if ever) make their way onto grocery store shelves. According to Westphal:
The complete absence of botanical anomalies in our supermarkets has caused us to regard the consistency of produce presented there as natural. Produce has become a highly designed, monotonous product. We have forgotten, and in many cases never experienced, the way fruits, roots, and vegetables can actually look (and taste). The Mutato-Project serves to document, preserve and promote these last remainders of agricultural diversity.