For most of us diet means eating less, saying no to sweets, junk foods and snacks. Very rarely it’s about eating more or having a more constant diet. For athletes, though, consistency is key, even when they have to eat more than they would normally do. For us normal folk it’s different. When we think of diet there is this image etched in our heads, at least in mine it is, this image of a big empty plate with only few peas, or baby carrots or a piece of broccoli on it. Surrounded by lots of empty space this tiny sad piece of color is just a drop in the middle of a sea of plate. Just like these tiny foods in those enormous plates in the pictures.
As such visualizations go it looks like Umit Bektas is not alone in his endeavors to showcase athletes, their diets and meals. UK based artists Sarah Parker and Micheal Bodiam also took the task of visualizing those meals and took it up a notch. They took the idea I described and this precise image became the main idea for this visualization of Olympic Athlete Meals. Just in this case the plates are an oversized beasts full of comically tiny looking portions of food, while in reality most of them contain more than 2000 calories each. Inspired by the dishes recommended for high-caliber athletes created by Olympian nutritionist Dan Benardot, these plates are beautiful visualizations of what a day of food in Olympic athletes life looks like.
What is most interesting in this project is that all the oversized plates, cutlery, glasses, cups and even tablecloths were hand made especially for this photo-shoot to create this cartoonish but yet very real look of your ordinary dinner settings. That means no fancy digital effects and a lot of handwork. Beautiful from top to bottom!