When London-based photographer Carl Warner was a child, he probably wasn’t listening when his parents told him not to play with his food. The artist uses a wide variety of ingredients, such as deli meats, fresh fish, fruit, vegetables and bread as the medium for his food art landscapes.
The edible worlds series—aptly titled Foodscapes—merges Carl’s wondrous imagination with his talent for food photography. His idea for the food art landscapes began 20 years ago after the artist came across a portobello mushroom in a market.
Carl explains: “[I] held it up to the light and imagined that it was some kind of canopy tree in an alien world. I took it back to my studio and with a handful of beans and rice I created my first Foodscape.”
Today, Carl has crafted a wealth of edible worlds using food and exhibited them all over the world. He’s even worked with advertising agencies and has helped to promote healthy eating.
How these edible worlds come to life
Each of his edible worlds are hand-built in studio. Some of his food art landscapes include ships sailing off into the horizon, the Great Wall of China, forests and mountains. And in each of his works, Carl demonstrates an amazing eye for even the smallest details.
To create these amazing food art landscapes, Carl first sketches out the composition. He then works with a team of model makers and food stylists over two or three days to build each set. Carl spends a lot of time in grocery stores and food markets around the world when selecting his organic materials. And in order to capture the ingredients for his edible worlds before they wilt under the hot studio lights, each image is compiled from separate photos. They’re then digitally spliced together from foreground to background.
The Foodscapes received international recognition back in 2008, and Carl has been coming up with new pieces ever since. See more on artist’s archive by visiting his website.
Daniel is an Art Director and Graphic Designer with over a decade of experience in advertising and marketing in the Greater Toronto Area.