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Modern Day Icons

Vanessa McKeown.

Vanessa McKeown

A champagne bottle spouting streamers. A hot dog bun filled with balloons. Cakes made from sponges. Welcome to the humorous and weird and wonderful images that fill Vanessa McKeown's day-to-day and our Instagram feeds with colour and humour. The photo artist takes mundane, everyday objects and injects a healthy dose of humour into them through her creative and unusual images, which have racked up 1,000s of likes. We joined her at her home studio to get a taste for how her humorous trademark food photos are concocted.

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How would you describe a Modern Day Icon?
Fun and Inspiring

What advice would you give to someone pursuing a similar path to you?
To keep doing it and don't give up!

What is the greatest decision you've ever made?
Moving to London

The best joke you've ever been told?
Have you ever heard the one about the bin? Ah forget it it’s rubbish.

The least amusing thing to you?
Going to pubs, I don't know what it is but they're not for me.

What inspires you?
I love inspirational people like Oprah Winfrey, Will Smith, and all their really cheesy motivational quotes!

How would you describe your creations?
Colourful, Ideas Happy

What do you think you would be doing had you not pursued your current career?
Still trying to pursue my career and doing any job to pay the rent.

What's the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Show your work!

Is there a particular motto you live life by?
Fake it until you make it.

How do you come up with the concepts for your photos?
Usually with a cup of tea and I just start thinking about things I like.

Vanessa McKeown

How would you describe a Modern Day Icon?
Fun and Inspiring

What advice would you give to someone pursuing a similar path to you?
To keep doing it and give up!

What is the greatest decision you've ever made?
Moving to London

The best joke you've ever been told?
Have you ever heard the one about the bin? Ah forget it's rubbish.

Vanessa McKeown

The least amusing thing to you?
Going to pubs, I don't know what it is but they're not for me.

What inspires you?
I love inspirational people like Oprah Winfrey, Will Smith, and all their really cheesy motivational quotes!

How would you describe your creations?
Colourful, Ideas, Happy

What do you think you would be doing had you not pursued your current career?
Still trying to pursue my career and doing any job to pay the rent :)

Vanessa McKeown

Who do you admire?
Barack Obama's pretty Jokes.

What's the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Show your work!

Is there a particular motto you live life by?
Fake it till you make it.

How do you come up with the concepts for your photos?
Usually with a cup a tea and just starting thinking about things I like.

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Image credits: Vanessa McKeown Instagram