The Secret Life of Gummi Bears
PHOTO BY MICHAL FANTA / http://www.michalfanta.com
Here’s a cute anecdote:
Once upon a time, I fell upon a photographer’s website and one of his albums consisted of Gummi Bear Art. His name was Michal Fanta. Intrigued, I clicked and kept on clicking as I watched photo after photo of Gummi Bears doing all sorts of things. Dancing, sword fighting, painting, running, reading, break-dancing…I was amazed! It was cute and original, and it immediately made me crave Gummi Bears. (You’d be lying if it doesn’t have the same effect on you ;)
I noticed that these Bears did not look like the ones I grew up eating…I grew up in North America (Montreal, Canada) and these Gummi Bears hailed from Eastern Europe. More specifically, Prague of the Czech Republic. They had a different face, more pointy and chiseled. Ours have a squished, cartoon-like face.
I have fond memories of Prague and remembered that its citizens were ultra-kind and sensitive to art and the European lifestyle. So I emailed Michal. I told him I’ll send him a pack of Canadian Gummi Bears if he promised to take photos of them and post them on his blog. I had nothing to lose! He accepted, so I did.
Well lo and behold my friends, here are his witty photos…a look inside the life of Canadian Gummi Bears, by Michal Fanta.
It really put a smile on my face yesterday.