Jenny’s Jelly Roles

Believe it or not, we all have a jelly in us. Award-winning still-life photographer Jenny van Sommers tells this perfectly with the expertise of confection connoisseurs Bompas & Parr, and the perfect accompanying soundtrack Let Go of Letting Go by Social Skills.

“Jellies all have distinct personalities and everybody relates to a different one,” says van Sommers of the appeal of each delectable that marks her foray into film.

“The one on the bottom right is a bit of a shoe-gazer (like me). Then there’s the super-extrovert on the top right-hand side. The orange jelly is the person who is always in a good mood. And the brown one is the person at the disco who is standing there and then suddenly gets a burst of energy and really goes for it, then gets embarrassed and stops dancing. He’s a bit of a weirdo.”

We sure can relate to at least one of these.

Van Sommers was first inspired to make this oddly satisfying film with Bompas & Parr just down the street of her studio. Among other whacky projects like glow-in-the-dark Cornetto (how?!), the South London food magicians erect cities from nothing but sugar, gelatine, batter and copious amounts of patience and imagination.

_49178533_-1The Gerkhin and other elements of the London cityscape whipped into dessert – Image via BBC.


New York City in Jello – Image via architizer.


A vision of London’s lost and unbuilt architecture created entirely from gingerbread.

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