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Sweet Floral Fiesta

Sweet Floral Fiesta

I have a friend in Nashville, Missy Gurley, who's a brilliant pastry chef. Seeing her creations made me think of cakes in a new way. Yes they are awesomely delicious and I'm on the verge of drooling as I write this. But cakes have history and some serious social weight.
I started thinking of the possibility of creating works of art using cakes as my subject. Was that a thing? Could I make it a thing??  
I would want the cakes to have a specific look and then I would light them in my distinctive theatrical light painting style. This led me to want to know more about their past.

Cakes have been around for over 4000 years. They were invented by the ancient Egyptians at a time when their empire experienced significant cultural and artistic growth. As often happens in times of relative stability, the arts flourished and their civilization found the time to explore the finer things. One of these apparently was the creation of the glorious, universally loved freakin cake!
So I thought about what kinds of cakes I wanted to photograph and I drew sketches. I commissioned Missy to create very specific and mostly unusual cakes. I had certain aesthetic qualities I wanted to emphasize and they would be very different for each cake.  
Cakes can symbolize many things, such as celebration, indulgence, temptation, nostalgia, or even political or social issues.

I wanted my cakes to be celebrations of the human spirit. I wanted to create a distance between mass production and commodification.  
And so with me by her side, Missy produced these stunning works of art that I then lit and photographed. And finally, here they are...




"In none of his photos does Nuez exploit the obvious" 

Montreal Gazette

"Seductive ... Nuez's photos do not leave one indifferent"

Ciel Variable - Contemporary Photography magazine


Light Paintings series


I sometimes fantasize that with the snap of a finger, I can escape reality ... in a moment, be transported to a dream world free of life's demands, a child's playground where magic exists and all is right with the world.My Light Paintings are that portal. Through them I can transcend reality and escape into these beautiful, vibrant yet peaceful realms.




Although there is some digital manipulation in this series, the unusual lighting and surreal quality in the Light Painting series is achieved by using colored lights during long exposures. They are not digital effects.



    Our unique and vibrant photographs will add depth and stunning color to any home, office or public space. They are offered in two main finishes


    1. Metal float mount
    Our Metal prints have a magical luminescence. Their vibrant, saturated colors jump off the wall, and will last for generations. They are created by infusing dyes directly into specially coated aluminum sheets making them incredibly durable and scratch resistant. The ready-to-hang finished piece is float mounted, so they float one inch off the wall.


    2. Archival prints
    We print on premium quality Sunset eSatin paper, using archival Ultrachrome inks for incredible endurance and color saturation. These prints will last for generations.

    11x14 and 16x20 sizes are available with or without a window mat. If you are unsure which is best for you, feel free to contact us. Most clients seem to purchase without the window mat.


    Prints larger than 16X20 are available as full-frame prints, without a white border or a window mat. If you want a white border, just let us know!

    If you have a specific size requirement, that's no problem! Maybe the perfect size is somewhere between two of the sizes in the drop down list. In that case, the price would be the proportional difference. We?ve also stretched and cropped pieces for customers to fit precise spaces. Give us the dimensions and we'll email you image options for you to choose from. There is no charge for the extra labor in custom sizing pieces.


    Metal prints in the following sizes include a Certificate of Authenticity, which will be mailed to you:

    48X65 or 48X72: edition of 15

    43X57 or 40X60: edition of 25

    32X40 or 30X45: edition of 50

    24X30 or 22X33: edition of 100

    16X20 or 16X24: edition of 200

    We want you to be happy with your art purchase. If a piece arrives damaged or defective, please contact us and a replacement will be shipped. All of my finished pieces are created using the highest quality archival processes. They come with a lifetime guarantee against fading or color shift.

PriceFrom $59.00
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