Thursday, August 11, 2011

Foodscapes by Carl Warner


It's not uncommon to play with your food. Sometimes, (as in photographer Sayaka Minemura's case) you create cute culinary constructions using only what's in front of you. Carl Warner seems to have created a whole new level with his Foodscapes, which are complete landscapes made entirely from food.


Carl Warner is a commercial photographer who has worked in the advertising industry for over twenty years. He has done product and portrait photography on different commissions, although he is more of a landscape photographer at heart.

That natural tendency for landscapes translated well into his Foodscapes, a project that has kept him busy for over a decade. These colorful images were slowly amassed through advertising jobs from different agencies and as of this post, he has created over 50 eye-catching landscapes using foods and other products.


Warner's popularity soared in 2008 when he was featured in the Sunday Times, and pretty soon his mouthwatering creations were seen in magazines, television programs and even chain e-mails.

As you might have guessed, each scene takes an incredible amount of preparation and even more careful execution. Every aspect of the image is carefully set-up, from building rooftops to small pieces of vegetation. Warner's dedication to detail pays off every time as viewers unfamiliar with his work may glance them over and think them as actual landscapes. It's only when you take a closer look that you notice the substitutions; from broccoli for trees to watermelons for buildings to onions for balloons. Truly, the photographer has created entire landscape artworks made from the simplest of fruits and vegetables.


Warner's work begins well before the actual shoot; he has to look for the perfect fruit or vegetable to represent a specific kind tree or building. This sometimes means that he stares at vegetables at the supermarket in order to find the perfect prop. You can see for yourself that each piece of fruit and vegetable fits perfectly in the artwork.

Some of his more complex artworks can require several days and a team of model experts to assist with the production. In the London skyline scene at the very top for example, Warner worked with a team of five for three weeks in order to capture the essence of the city. His particular arrangement captures the most popular landmarks, from Big Ben to St. Paul's Cathedral to the London Eye. He spares no expense for his other Foodscapes as well.


Be sure to check out Carl Warner's website for more scrumptiously prepared Foodscapes. This behind-the-scene video shows how each layer of his landscapes from foods is carefully created. Most of these images have been collected in the book, Carl Warner's Food Landscapes. There's also the Carl Warner Food Landscapes 2012 Wall Calendar in case you're looking for some culinary inspiration for next year.

30 comments:

iNews said...

Looks amazing!

Pieter said...

I like Brocolliville :D Wouldn't mind living there.
Great photomanipulations, way better than the stuff I make.

The Angry Lurker said...

They are quite good and especially delicious.

The Angry Lurker said...

Good pictures and especially delicious.

Diego Sousa said...

awesome! the brocolli forest is beautiful!

Ray Rousell said...

Very strange looking photos, they look like something from a sci-fi film.

Shutterbug said...

I wonder if he's the same guy behind the ranch dressing tv commercials... The style is very similar. I think the brand was "Hidden Valley" but I'm not 100% sure.

Fang said...

If you were to tell me it's actually Photoshopped I'd believe you right away, because, hell, this is just so freaking beautiful, so perfectly made.

D4 said...

Wow they look like computer graphics. Unreal, seriously, it's so nice to look at!

Shaw said...

Wow, these are amazing. Thanks for posting this.

MRanthrope said...

most of these photos look simply unbelievable. Like works of CGI fiction. Pretty awesome.

Mr Jack House said...

Although assaild with fortune fierce and keen, Following!

Andrew said...

Wow. Truly incredible what he can do with food... I wonder if his food starts to rot because it takes so long to prepare it?

Electric Addict said...

omg i was searching for the word "photoshop" anywhere in this post.

I can't believe it is NOT photoshop. WOW crazy stuff. insane preparation!!

Kyran said...

That's crazy! I'm sure many a child has fantasized about the same things instead of eating their supper

Shockgrubz said...

I hope that no cheese was harmed in the making of this photograph.

msmariah said...

They should use these for the Hidden Valley salad dressing commercials. Awesome.

Adam said...

truly awesome produce pictures

DWei said...

Wow those are really well done.

Admin said...

Hey man!
I know I posted about my return and all, then totally didn't return.
But I have for real now!
With an actual domain and everything!

Jammer said...

i love food art

Jay said...

@Shutterbug and MsMariah: He's actually done some amazing videos as well. Check them out:

http://www.carlwarner.com/video.html

Jaccstev said...

Those are dreamlike! Magnificent jobs!

Bart said...

oh i get it now...

Generally Disgruntled said...

So bizarre. Am I the only one to be made hungry by looking at this?

DocStout said...

I've seen a few of these before, love the style. It is nice to see such a large collection of them together at once.

1ockedand1oaded said...

This is making me hungry.

Anonymous said...

dood

Anonymous said...

cool

Anonymous said...

good

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