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Sweets for my sweet, ♪
Sugar for my honey. ♫

That’s how the song goes that has just dated me!
What girl could resist such a treat?

I was always told not to play with my food when I was a child, but now that I’m an adult I can make up my own rules and play with my food as much as I like.

Please note: the models were not harmed in the making of this image, but they will be eaten at some stage, possibly with our evening cuppa!

Canon 450D 1/4sec f/11 ISO 100
Canon 18-55mm lens
available light, no filters


composite, chocolate, tabletop photography, studio, biscuits, fruit gums, fine art, harry purves

Inspired by my dad in visual arts and music from a very early age. He mentored me in photography, film processing and printing when I was 7 or 8 years old. He wouldn’t teach me to play guitar though so I had to teach myself, and played bass in a group while I was at University for pocket money. I took early retirement in 2009 and rekindled my passion for photography. My art is eclectic. I’ll photograph anything and everything. The world is full of images just waiting to be captured.

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    BLYTHARTabout 3 years ago

    I have often seen young girls absently chewing at their necklaces or lockets. Such girls would love this ☺ The components look familiar, but I’m not sure what they are called … they look like chocolate (or maybe praline), but due to cholesterol probs I’m not too familiar with chocolate sweets these days.

  • They are chocolate finger in milk-chocolate and dark-chocolate, chocolate drops used in baking also in milk and dark chocolate, and fruit gums, orange and lemon flavours to provide the “gem-stone” colours.

    The milk chocolate fingers (biscuit covered in chocolate) don’t last long in our house so I had to get up early before my son to ensure I had a supply for the photograph.

    Last night my wife started to eat the fruit gums, so I took them away from her and hid them or else I’d wouldn’t have had anything for the gem stones.

    Fortunately no-one eats the chocolate drops, I use them for baking once a flood so I was safe in the knowledge they would be intact, and they were.

    The whole ensemble is just the thing to go with an afternoon cup of tea!

    – Harry Purves

  • Tracy66
    Tracy66about 3 years ago

    This beautiful, I love chocolate.!

  • Thanks Tracy, the only female I have met that doesn’t like chocolate is my wife, everyone else (including my son!) loves the stuff. I like the dark chocolate but it doesn’t like me – it gives me migraine.

    – Harry Purves

  • BCallahan
    BCallahanabout 3 years ago

    you should be making real jewelry, my friend… this is really quite nice!!! i would wear it… but wouldn’t want the chocolate melting on my neck.. lol… you can get beads like this… at least you can in america (Walmart)… hahaha…. this is really cool… and you are so talented… bet your wife would enjoy having some jewelry made by her dear husband… great photograph too!

  • I seem to recall that you can buy just about anything in Wallmart, from a pin to an elephant. I’m not so sure I’d get away with making my wife jewellery, which reminds me it’s her birthday shortly – thanks Barb, I appreciate your comments.

    – Harry Purves

    BLYTHARTabout 3 years ago

    Hmmmm …. so your wife doesn’t like chocolate. Have you ever put that to the ultimate test – an opened box of Thornton’s Chocolates (count them first) left on the coffee table while she is watching TV? If she can resist, then it’s safe to leave chocolates lying around between your feasts ☺

    BLYTHARTabout 3 years ago

    I recognise the chocolate fingers now – I thought the necklace was small – obviously not.

  • It was huge, about A2 size! But of course I had to take it apart and put the components back in the boxes. And I really did do that!

    – Harry Purves

    BLYTHARTabout 3 years ago
    … did you really put ALL the components back in the box? ☺
  • Absolutely! I wouldn’t be able to construct my next chocolate image otherwise! And it was a lot more difficult getting them all into their respective boxes while maintaining the cellophane wrapper I can tell you.

    – Harry Purves

    BLYTHARTabout 3 years ago

    I’ll believe you, but first, wipe that chocolate from your mouth.

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