I am not really sure if Londonian photographer Carl Warner is more of a photographer or more of a magician. Over the years he created incredibly detailed surreal worlds from food, casino chips, ice, bolts and almost any other household item he came across.
Some of those worlds are still worlds, some of them were used for video productions, but one thing they all have in common. They make you go WHAT? and then AHHHH!
We tried to pick Carl’s brains about his foodscapes series and were pretty interested in how a person becomes a god of worlds and a certified teraformer: “I’m not sure how I got to this place, I guess I’ve always loved the idea of other worlds as an alternative to this one as it doesn’t appeal very much to most of us, (certainly not with mankind involved) I guess that is why a heavenly realm is at the heart of most religions, which is why I am building a portfolio here so that God gives me an environmental job there! ;-)”
Each scene is has enormous amount of details and usually takes 2-3 days to create and shoot and another 2-3 days to retouch. The construction is done by Carl and a team of model makers and stylists. While the sets look delicious to eat, you would most likely die of super glue poisoning if you had a feast over one of the models.
Carl says that while end scenes are very gratifying, working with foods definitely has its down sides: “The disadvantage
is that it perishes and so we have to work very quickly, especially when
creating a large scene and under hot studio lights. Certainly things like fresh
herbs are a nightmare as they wilt and dry out before your eyes.”
Some of the food looks pretty yummi If you were wondering what happens to it after the shoot, Carl says: “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”
Fun fact 1: Aside traveling over the world, to cater different clients, Carl has plans on creating an animated series . Now that is something I would love to see.
Fun fact 2: Carl has no sense of smell so he can’t really enjoy the aroma in the studio while his sets are “cooking”
Here is some more of Carl’s incredible work
Check out more of Carl’s work on his gorgeous website