- December 5, 2008 1:51 PM |
- By Elizabeth Bridge
By Elizabeth Bridge, CBC Digital Archives writer
Food styling was a calling I was only vaguely aware of before I met someone who makes a living at it. Until then I had no idea one could combine lard and icing sugar to make something that passes for ice cream but won't melt under a photographer's hot lights.
Then there's the work of London photographer Carl Warner, in which food is styled almost beyond recognition. Dubbed "Foodscapes," his painstakingly assembled scenes recast crusty loaves as craggy hillsides, tropical fruits as hot-air balloons and silvery fish as the waves they swim under.
The UK newspaper The Telegraph has a captivating slideshow with 14 of Warner's images, including not just landscapes but cobblestoned villages, seascapes and pastoral scenes. It's fun to see how many elements you can identify - hey, those cliffs are blocks of Parmagiano!
Accompanying text explains Warner's process, from initial sketches through food assembly, photography and digital retouching.
On another level (which is mentioned in brief), it's troubling to see all that food become mere decoration in this era of food insecurity. Warner says he tries to salvage as much as possible to share with his crew, but some still gets thrown away.
What do you think? Are Warner's Foodscapes an inspiring reminder of the possibilities of food, or a frivolous waste of precious nutrition?
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