It all started with a love of cheese.
That’s what comedian John Milhiser told me about his hilarious series of portraits of himself, other comedians - and even a few bona fide celebrities – somehow involving baguettes. “I moved out here (to LA) about 7 months ago,” Milhiser recalled, “and one week, Tim Bierbaum from my sketch group Serious Lunch came and visited. We’re cheese heads so we bought some cheese and a baguette one night to eat. I posed with a baguette as a baseball bat over my shoulders. From there we kept coming up with different ideas the baguette could be.”
Bierbaum took a few photos of Milhiser in different tableaus where a baguette surprisingly takes the place of something mundane, thus transforming the photo not just into a piece of comedy, but also creating high art that causes the viewer to awaken to new possibilities in everyday situations.
Milhiser takes the baguette photos with comedians in LA and Bierbaum covers New York. Milhiser says he’s prepared at any moment to grab a photo of a comedian or actor he’s working with. “I now always travel with a couple baguettes in my car,” he told me. That’s how he scored shots with famous faces like Marcia Gay Harden and everyone’s favorite Internet Superstar George Takei. (Check them out below.) I’ve chosen to feature photos mostly focusing on domestic life or routine goings-on from Milhiser and Bierbaum’s already vast portfolio, but they’ve got several shots that are more dramatic and/or poke fun of Hollywood.
Note: None of the baguettes in these photos have been photoshopped in. “All the baguettes were present during the photo shoots,” Milhiser said. And yes, some of them were harmed. Take a look:
You can see the rest of this brilliant photo collection at Baguette-me-nots. Be sure to follow the Tumblr while you’re there so you’ll be notified when new shots are added. Milhiser assured me, “There are PLENTY more coming.”
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