Looking at the artwork of photographer Carl Warner, you can’t help but feel that dreamy, sweet sensation of childhood. You can practically recall the wondrous sights and smells, the dizzying promise of being, literally, a kid in a candy store. Although the photos posses the whimsy of photo-realistic illustration, they are constructed painstakingly by Warner and photographed in his photo book, “Foodscapes.”
“Foodscapes” uses entirely edible materials to construct traditional landscape photos.
Warner is classically trained as a still-life photographer and held a career in advertising photography.
“Foodscapes” is a personal project for him, although 2008’s media attention landed him a book deal for the series.
Warner creates the landscapes on tables, 12-feet long and 9-feet deep, in his London studio.
Although the work captures an immediacy and a sense of motion, the shots are carefully planned and sketched out before their construction.
It’s Warner’s detail and overlapping planes of depth that give his foodscapes the sense of being very real spaces.
A food stylist assists him in placing his food props in just the right way for the shoot.
The pressure is on for him to work quickly: the powerful photography lights in his studio cause his foodscapes to melt and wilt under the heat.
It’s the construction that takes the longest amount of time: sometimes up to three days for a single photograph.
“It is the realization that the scene is in fact made of food that brings a smile to the viewer, and for me, that’s the best part,” he says.
Warner is an advocate of healthy living and encourages a relaxing, pleasurable food culture in American families. At the end of his shoots, all of the food is either eaten by Warner and his staff or donated to homeless shelters.
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