Art, culture, and food are very closely related. Sometimes they are so intertwined we can't know for sure if life is imitating art, or art is imitating life. Having viewed Carl Warner's 'Foodscapes', I feel his works are definite examples that could be categorized as both.
Foodscapes by Carl Warner
Carl Warner was born in Liverpool, England. With intentions to become an illustrator, Carl discovered photography was a more exciting medium for him to work with and changed his studies to focus on photography, film, and television. Carl initially established himself as a still life photographer, and then began to branch out into other areas in the advertising world, shooting people and landscapes for a wide variety of products and brands.
Having become a successful advertising photographer throughout the eighties and nineties he found that his work was becoming less in demand as well as unfulfilling creatively. Carl started searching for an idea that would not only inspire him artistically, but also generate new business. His inspiration came while walking around a food market and seeing some portabello mushrooms which he thought looked like some kind of tree from an alien world. He took them back to his studio with a few other ingredients such as rice seeds and beans to try and create a miniature scene on a table top.
The Mushroom Savanna became his first “Foodscape” and over the next ten years he continued to develop a body of work making landscapes out of food, and this began to attract the advertising industry once again who began commissioning him for advertising campaigns for various food based products and brands.
Making Of Foodscapes
The ‘Foodscapes’ are created in Carl’s studio where they are built on top of a large table top. The scenes are photographed in layers from foreground to background to sky which is incredibly time consuming. Each element is then put together in post production to achieve the final image. You can see the entire process on Carl's website linked here. Making Of >> Fishscape
Carl Warner has released two books. The first titled "Carl Warner's Food Landscapes" shows the inspiration behind his early works as well as the process of creation, behind the scene pictures, and ingredient lists.
The second book is titled "A World of Food" is a children's book. Carl hopes his work might be able to alter children's perception of food.
Both books are available for purchase online (as well as other merchandise) through Carl's website or from Amazon.ca.
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