Can I live here?
Is Carl Warner wasteful or innovative?
Carl, a recognized landscape, still life and portrait photographer creates “Foodscapes” in his London studio where they are built on top of a large purpose-built triangular table top. The scenes are photographed in layers from foreground to background and sky because the food gets nasty under the light otherwise, and then afterward each layer is put together to create the final landscape. Carl has model makers and food stylists to back him up, but he draws out each scene on his own fist.
“I tend to draw a very conventional landscape using classic compositional techniques as I need to fool the viewer into thinking it is a real scene at first glance, it is the realisation that the scene is in fact made of food that brings a smile that brings a smile to the viewer, and for me that’s the best part”
Building a foodscape takes two or three days building and photographer, and then a few more days retouching. There’s also lots of time planning and staring at various fruits and veggies for hours determining which ones will work best.
“Although there is a fair amount of waste, there is a lot of food left over which is always shared out with the team, though most of the food used in the sets have either been super glued or pinned and none of this makes for good eating!”
To hear more about the process, click here.
Check out his videos, still lifes, location, portraits and “otherscapes” too. He makes a mountain out of a pair of jeans.