When food becomes art
Climbing up mountains of Parmesan cheese, strolling through forests of centennial broccoli trees or sailing down rivers of salami is what you could do if you lived in one of the landscapes photographed by Carl Warner, a London artist who uses bits and pieces of food to create incredibly real and complex scenes. A truly delicious snapshots.
Warner and his team meticulously put together the culinary elements, piece by piece, on a table, creating interpretations of well-known architectural structures, such as the Chrysler building in New York, the Taj Mahal or the Great Wall of China, human figures ranging from gondoliers to cowboys and wide views ranging from the London skyline to vast deserts lined with pyramids.
Warner has worked in the field of advertising and photography for over 25 years and has been involved in this project, which he has named "Foodscapes", for the last 10 years. The reason behind his success lies in his knowledge about image photography and artificial lighting, thanks to which each detail is meticulously worked to ensure perfect harmony.
Speaking to the El País newspaper, Warner ensured that he was a "food lover" and explained that "foods are organic materials with incredible similarities to large elements in nature and towards which people also feel a natural affinity".
The landscapes by this photographer are mounted on models with real food, even though he admits to putting a bit of Photoshop into the final details. "I photograph them in parts. The foreground, the mid-shot and the background. I them put them together during postproduction. I could take the photographs only once but the food in the foreground would decay by the time I finished putting together the background ", says Warner.
According to Warner, all materials have advantages and disadvantages when it comes to working with them. In the case of fresh foods, "the problem is that you need to work at great speeds to prevent lighting and the environment from damaging them but, on the other hand, they allow you to work with many sizes and textures”.
Of course, nothing is thrown out and, once the work has finished, food is eaten by everyone or donated to a local centre for homeless people. Everything a charity project that certainly leaves no one indifferent.