Visual Artist Creates ‘Impossible Maternity Photos’ With Family in Quarantine

The creative mind behind the 2016 viral mermaid drowning in an ocean of plastic, 2018 e-waste, and 2019 Vietnam #strawpocalypse photos returned with an adventurous quarantine photo shoot featuring his pregnant sister, her husband, and the handiwork of his mother’s discarded vegetable and fruit scraps.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A couple days ago, @anastasia_loukrezi created this new headshot for me. We met after she took a 10 hour red-eye bus trip to come and volunteer on one of my projects for 4 days before taking another 10 hour red-eye straight back to work. When she asked if she could take my headshot a couple weeks later, I couldn’t refuse. I shared with her that none of my previous head shots had really managed to capture me as an artist. And though I wanted a new headshot, I didn’t even know where to start. Undeterred, she built a concept anyways, finding a way to work in different aspects of my personality. Von Wong: Cynical, pragmatic and focused on problems that I could probably not solve How do you think she did? #vonwongevolution #biography

A post shared by Von Wong (@vonwong) on


Quarantine photo shoots have been trending since the COVID-19 lockdowns, and one photographer opted for an escape.

Von Wong’s masterplans for the impromptu project came from his mom. Titled “Impossible Maternity Photos” Von’s blog post stated the whole thing started when she noticed that corn looked like skyscrapers. From there, her inspirations kept coming.

With his 8-month pregnant sister, her husband, and the family members posing in stills, Von would reposition their tiny cutout silhouettes based on the theme for the day. His mom would create entire landscapes out of discarded fruit, vegetable scraps, and bark as the backdrops.

Von rounded off the 5-part saga in a series of behind-the-scenes videos and the adventurous resulting photo collections posted to his social media platforms.

 

@vonwongday 1 of maternity leave and things are already going crazy #pho#tographytricks♬ original sound – vonwong

Part one featured a corn cob skyline dyed in beet juice and the expecting couple as daring tight rope walkers.

The making of part two:

 

View this post on Instagram

 

#lockdown with family – part 2 of our maternity adventures. What next ?? 🤔🤔

A post shared by Von Wong (@vonwong) on

 

Part two starred the couple as curious scuba divers in an aquatic plunge through pomegranate reefs.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Diving maternity photoshoot made from Pomegranate! #lockdownadventures #maternityphotography #vonwong

A post shared by Von Wong (@vonwong) on

The making of part three:

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Grocery lockdown adventures!! #crafty

A post shared by Von Wong (@vonwong) on

Part three displayed the family wading through incense rivers and vegetable jungles on mango and dragonfruit paddleboards.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Can you guys what our paddle boards were made from? #lockdownadventures

A post shared by Von Wong (@vonwong) on

The making of part four:

 

View this post on Instagram

 

The secret is flyswatters. Thanks @hp for the printer!! 🖨️🖨️

A post shared by Von Wong (@vonwong) on

Part four highlighted family fun as they rappelled down their own potato and tree bark “Corona Mountain” while the mother-to-be watched.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Can you tell which one is me? Family portrait made from bark! Lightning with fly swatters 🤣 #lockdownadventures #crafty

A post shared by Von Wong (@vonwong) on

Making of part five:

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Our visit to Flour Mountain (part 5 of our #lockdownadventures done!)

A post shared by Von Wong (@vonwong) on

Part five closed off on the Wong family’s #lockdownadventures with the couple as skiers flying off banana and potato slopes, on baking flour snow.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Bananas, skis and potatoes 🤣 #lockdownadventures

A post shared by Von Wong (@vonwong) on

The Montreal-based artist showed how a bit of creativity, food scraps, and family effort can turn out in a stunning array of special maternity photos.

Their next project will be welcoming the newborn into the family.

Featured Image via @vonwong (left), and ©Von Wong (right)

Support our Journalism with a Contribution

Many people might not know this, but despite our large and loyal following which we are immensely grateful for, NextShark is still a small bootstrapped startup that runs on no outside funding or loans.

Everything you see today is built on the backs of warriors who have sacrificed opportunities to help give Asians all over the world a bigger voice.

However, we still face many trials and tribulations in our industry, from figuring out the most sustainable business model for independent media companies to facing the current COVID-19 pandemic decimating advertising revenues across the board.

We hope you consider making a contribution so we can continue to provide you with quality content that informs, educates and inspires the Asian community. Even a $1 contribution goes a long way. Thank you for everyone’s support. We love you all and can’t appreciate you guys enough.

NextShark is a leading source covering Asian American News and Asian News including business, culture, entertainment, politics, tech and lifestyle.

For advertising and inquiries: info@nextshark.com