There is something awesome about the Pineapple. When I started out with the desire to photograph pineapples, I really wasn't familiar with the history or welcoming symbolism of the pineapple. I feel like many people are like me and simply get a positive vibe from the fruit. Perhaps these good vibes stem from the sweetness of the taste and some kind of childhood memory. I have no idea but a recent experience while photographing a pineapple reminded me how welcoming a pineapple still is today.
The Welcoming Effect of a Pineapple
In larger, well-to-do homes, the dining room doors were kept closed to heighten visitors' suspense about the table being readied on the other side. At the appointed moment, and with the maximum amount of pomp and drama, the doors were flung open to reveal the evening's main event. Visitors confronted with pineapple-topped food displays felt particularly honored by a hostess who obviously spared no expense to ensure her guests' dining pleasure.
In this manner, the fruit which was the visual keystone of the feast naturally came to symbolize the high spirits of the social events themselves; the image of the pineapple coming to express the sense of welcome, good cheer, human warmth and family affection inherent to such gracious home gatherings. (source)
The Welcoming Pineapple on Queen Street
I was walking down Queen Street in Toronto when I came across Kops Records. The record crates out in front of the storefront caught my eye as a rad place to photograph the pineapple I was cradling like a newborn baby. I set the golden pineapple down on the records and before I could even take photographs, I was amazed at what happened.
A man and woman quickly stopped. They had to take a photograph of the pineapple. It was enough to interrupt their day or moment to snap a few photos of a random pineapple in the street. Julia, said:
Whenever I see a pineapple, I have to stop and take a photo!
They politely asked if it was okay to take photos and if this was my pineapple. My response was that this pineapple was exactly for the purpose of being photographed and to go right ahead! So they got to it:
The encounter, due to a pineapple, was so positive. It was a short but cool connection on that day and showed me how socially welcoming a pineapple can be. In a city like Toronto, this didn't even feel odd or weird. I've had people ask me why I'm photographing a pineapple before; however, these 2 people simply got it. The pineapple was a clear symbol of hospitality, curiosity, and a desire to spread the good vibes.
This simple connection reminded me of the desire for people to spread good vibes to others. I wondered if we'd see this very pineapple pop up in the #pineapple tag on Instagram. A little while after, I decided to check the hashtag and there it was from Julia:
The fruit symbolizes those intangible assets we appreciate wherever we go today: warmth, welcome, friendship, and hospitality. And this is a deep part of this pineapple project and what we're all about here at Pineapple Supply Co. We want to spread and share the warm, friendly, and welcoming effect of the pineapple.
As sure as pineapples were used as tabletop whimsy and in fun food creations, we're running with the desire to have that whimsy within photography. How do you think you could use the image of the pineapple in something you do today? This could be with your own business, website, or within your own home.
Let us know in the comments.