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Toddlers suck on lemons to create bitter sweet photographs

PRICELESS: Ipswich’s Aly Brimecombe, of Kuya Bunso Photography, is capturing little ones tasting lemons for the first time as part of The Sour Project.
PRICELESS: Ipswich’s Aly Brimecombe, of Kuya Bunso Photography, is capturing little ones tasting lemons for the first time as part of The Sour Project. Contributed

WHEN life gives you lemons, feed them to a toddler and take a picture.

That's what West Ipswich photographer Aly Brimecombe did to create her series "The Sour Project".

The idea was simple: take photos of little ones sucking down lemons for the first time and capture their priceless facial expressions as they learn what sour is.

The result was a hilarious and adorable collection of pictures.

"What I wanted to get - and what I got - was genuine expressions," Ms Brimecombe said.

"Most people want to get a photo of their child smiling at the camera, which is fine, but it's not really my style.

Alyson Brimecombe of Kuya Bunso Photography is capturing little ones tasting lemons for the first time as part of The Sour Project. Elijah Photo: Alyson Brimecombe
Alyson Brimecombe of Kuya Bunso Photography is capturing little ones tasting lemons for the first time as part of The Sour Project. Elijah Photo: Alyson Brimecombe Contributed

"I like a more natural look, I don't like taking photos of people posing and smiling, to me that's not real."

To organise models for the photos, Ms Brimecombe put a call out on social media to see if any parents were interested in volunteering their kids for the project.

Within two hours she was bombarded by people wanting to have their children involved.

The 33-year-old said she had no problems getting the children to eat the lemons - in fact some enjoyed it.

"I chose to photograph toddlers because at that age they're still exploring food and have the expectation that when you put something in front of them it's going to taste good," she said.

Alyson Brimecombe of Kuya Bunso Photography is capturing little ones tasting lemons for the first time as part of The Sour Project. Parker. Photo: Alyson Brimecombe
Alyson Brimecombe of Kuya Bunso Photography is capturing little ones tasting lemons for the first time as part of The Sour Project. Parker. Photo: Alyson Brimecombe Contributed

"Some of the little ones would pick it up, taste it, scrunch up their face in disgust but continue to eat it thinking it was supposed to taste good."

Ms Brimecombe, who runs Kuya Bunso Photography, said she got the sour idea from another photographer who had created a similar series of "lemon shots".

"It's seemed like a fun project to do so I was keen to set it up," she said. "For my next project, I want to do something that focuses on mums and daughters and I'm going to try and do that around Mother's Day."

The series of 12 photos for The Sour Project were taken at Ms Brimecombe's Ipswich based boutique studio.

For full gallery visit kuyabunso.com.au.

Alyson Brimecombe of Kuya Bunso Photography is capturing little ones tasting lemons for the first time as part of The Sour Project. Sam. Photo: Alyson Brimecombe
Alyson Brimecombe of Kuya Bunso Photography is capturing little ones tasting lemons for the first time as part of The Sour Project. Sam. Photo: Alyson Brimecombe Contributed

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