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Dark Side of the Fruit - Produce Lit Within: Photos

Photographer Radu Zaciu creates surreal still life images by placing light bulbs inside fruits and vegetables.

Photographer

Radu Zaciu

creates surreal still life images by placing light bulbs inside fruits and vegetables. "Pear in German is Gluehbirne, literally meaning 'glowing pear," Zaciu said. "I introduced a small light bulb into a pear creating the first photo of this series."

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"When I saw how beautiful the surface of the fruit looks," Zaciu said. "I decided to try the same with other fruits and vegetables."

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"Initially I carved into the fruits," he said, "but later, in order to have a homogenous dispersion of light and an ideal size of the hole I started drilling into them."

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Zaciu said not all fruits are cut out for the treatment, though this melon produced a nice effect.

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"I was also surprised that veggies with smooth surface like bell peppers or tomatoes don't look interesting," he said. Pictured: a suitably textured veggie.

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One of his favorites was a

cauliflower

: "After the first photo I knew this is something special." Here, seeds from a strawberry block the light.

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A lit kiwi creates as a busy, random pattern.

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Some produce doesn't make it through the shoot, apparently: "The pineapple I started eating during carving, the cauliflower was cooked afterwards, but others were sacrificed." You can see more of Zaciu's photography on

his Flickr site

.

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