Defective Carrots (Studio Thomas)

A typology of 56 carrots deemed unfit for consumers eyes. Through a process of optical scanning, thousands of carrots are singled out daily and whipped off the conveyor belt to be turned into farm foods.

  • Client: Tim Smyth, Bemojake
  • Date: 2015
Defective Carrots —  (Studio Thomas)
Defective Carrots —  (Studio Thomas)
Defective Carrots —  (Studio Thomas)
Defective Carrots —  (Studio Thomas)
Defective Carrots —  (Studio Thomas)

Photographer Tim Smyth captured these carrots in all their weird and wonderful glory, so they could be preserved, exhibited and discussed. Are they are really too bad to eat, or is this a product of society that is obsessed with perfection and uniformity? Includes and essay by author and campaigner Tristram Stuart.

Working with Tim and publisher Bemojake, the series was designed into a cloth bound book. Finished with a white foil stamp which deteriorates over time like the carrots themselves. Complete with tipped in diagramatic pages to illustrate the various supposed 'defects'.

Defective Carrots —  (Studio Thomas)
Defective Carrots —  (Studio Thomas)
Defective Carrots —  (Studio Thomas)

All images are by Tim Smyth. The book is published by Bemojake. Find out more information and order a copy here.

Defective Carrots —  (Studio Thomas)
Defective Carrots —  (Studio Thomas)
Defective Carrots —  (Studio Thomas)