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Carl Warner's Foodscapes

"Candy Cottage" (Photo by Carl Warner)

Carl Warner's 'Foodscape' photography

Inspiration seemed hard to find for British photographer Carl Warner, but one day while walking around a food market, he found some wonderful portobello mushrooms which he thought looked like some kind of tree from an alien world. So, he took them back to his studio with a few other ingredients such as rice seeds and beans with a view to try and create a miniature scene on a tabletop.

The Mushroom Savanna became his first "Foodscape" and over the next ten years, he continued to develop a body of work making landscapes out of food.

The 'Foodscapes' are created in Warner's London studio where they are built on top of a large, purpose-built triangular tabletop. The scenes are photographed in layers from foreground to background and sky as the process is very time consuming and so the food quickly wilts under the lights. Each element is then put together in post production to achieve the final image. (carlwarner.com)