Carl Warner’s Food Landscapes

November 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

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If you’re not hungry then you will be when you see these beautiful landscapes made of breads, cheeses, vegetables, and meats.

There are fruits too, as in the hot air balloon scene.

Warner is a professional photographer, and definitely a food artist, whose many landscapes have been used in advertising for different European countries. This book is a collection of some of his advertisements and work, plus a behind-the-scenes look at what went into the foodscape, from the actual ingredients like savoy cabbage to create a turbulent sea or a farmhouse made of Stilton cheese and crackers to the adult toys used to create waves and movement in the Cheesecape used in an ad for the Lake District Cheese Company.

This book is a photographic gem. Warner shows us that you can play with your food and make wonderful art from realistic landscapes to Tolkien-esque, these photographs are a delight. Generally, I don’t much care for reading a lot in photography books–I like the pretty pictures–but this book is worth the time to read. I wouldn’t have gotten to snigger at the use of vibrating toys to create waves if I hadn’t read this, or known about how even this photographic genius (anyone that can make landscape out of salami has got to be some sort of mad genius) had his moments of doubts and almost lost his desire and passion to continue.

Folks who like food, photographers, and the average bear who just likes to look at interesting or new things should check out this book. By the end, if not before, you may be wishing the food was lying around for you to grab some. I’ve a wicked craving for something made out of the ingredients that went into the Tuscan landscapes.

Check out this book today at TR 655.W367 2010

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