artratcafe CAFE – Playing With Your Food #3 – Carl Warner

Chocolate Express

Chocolate Express

Playing With Your Food #3 presents British photographer, Carl Warner. Born in Liverpool England in 1963, Carl now lives in Kent and works from his London based studio near to London Bridge’s colourful food emporium of Borough Market. Having worked as a photographer in the advertising business for 25 years Carl stumbled on the idea of making landscapes out of food just over ten years ago and these ‘Foodscapes’ have now brought him world wide acclaim for his very own unique and individual art form.

Cabbage Sea

Cabbage Sea

This has led not only to many commissions for international clients such as Nestle, Unilever and General Mills, but also to a publishing deal with Abrams books which saw the launch of his first book ‘Carl Warner’s Food Landscapes’ in November 2010. His work has been used in children’s hospitals, childhood obesity clinics, by nutritionists and many other good causes to promote better eating habits in both children and adults.

Cucumber Bridge

Cucumber Bridge

Warner blends photography and art to make highly conceptual visual images – broccoli are miniature trees that can create vast forests of connected treetops – Italian Parmesan cheese wheels are rugged, plunging cliffs – smoked salmon is lapping water at sunset reflecting the blazing colors of the sky. In a sense, he’s just a big kid playing with his food.

Salmon Sea

Salmon Sea

In the picture above, a pea pod boat sails away from a land made of bread and potatoes, over a sea of salmon. Warner is an artist who makes one think about food and interact with food on a different level that captures our fondness for illusions, brain teasers and fairy tales all at once.

Vege Head

Vege Head

Carl Warner’s food  images are photographed in different layers and the images can take up to two or three days to build and photograph and then a couple of days retouching and fine-tuning. Carl shoots his scenes using a Hasselblad H3D39 and retouches them on his Mac in Photoshop.
His main influences are Ansel Adams and films such as The Wizard of Oz and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Bread Village

Bread Village

Warner explains his creative process in the following video:

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18 thoughts on “artratcafe CAFE – Playing With Your Food #3 – Carl Warner

  1. What a coincidence John…last week I traveled on a Choc Express arriving at the Cabbage Sea. Then crossing a Cucumber Bridge I saw the most amazing Salmon Sea. Finally visited a Bread Village where I met a Vege Head. What are the chances of that happening. Your posts have now moved to a new level of …..?????

  2. I love creativity and it is definitely not missing here! Everything has been thought of, till the tiniest detail. “It’ s just visual pleasure with food,” like he said – yes. And a fun one.
    With this post you made me feel like Alice in Wonderland – thank you, John! 🙂

    1. Solid suggestion Carolyn, however, as I already posted a full spread on dear Giuseppe A. in my Playing With Your Food #1 I hesitated to mention him again here. Warner’s Vege Face I think is enough of a tribute…

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