Extreme milkshakes, freakshakes. It started in Canberra at a cafe called Pâtissez, and has since spread to Melbourne (at Johnny Pump in Essendon) and Sydney (XS Espresso and Foodcraft Espresso) and is continuing its lactose-fuelled march.
Today it’s a Nutella doughnut topping your jar of dairy, tomorrow it’s a leg of lamb, next week? It could be your first-born child. If we’ve learned anything about social-media trends, it only ends once pushed to its most ridiculous point – one that light and parody cannot escape. A meme event horizon.
Broadsheet photographer Alana Dimou is fighting back. For her food-photography blog Alana Bread, she’s created a visual representation of our dystopian future should freakshakes continue to tighten their stranglehold on society. Behold.
“I don’t really know why I did it,” Dimou says. “I saw a comical image in my head inspired by everybody’s frenzied response, and I made it happen, it’s as simple as that.
“Using food as a tool for sculpture is really fun, and in retrospect, I think the photos were just documentation of me having a brain-snap moment, creating something truly idiotic, amusing, gross yet evocative. I’m sad nobody got to see them IRL. If there were a way of preserving food like that I would have kept them all in my home forever, like an offensive bust.”