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Food landscapes and architecture in photography and education

Carl Warner, photographer and member of The Experimental Food Society, describes himself variously as, “a food landscape artist, a foodscapist, Peacasso, Salvador Deli, or Caraveggio” – he’s thinking of changing his name “by beanpole.” After a long career in advertising, he now creates panoramic food scenes, like his recent London skyscape (or foodscape) commissioned by the Good Food Channel.

Carl’s works have to be carefully planned, as he likes to work with natural, raw ingredients, which perish quickly. This piece took four days to complete, starting with his original sketch (above). Some of the sculptures were more time consuming than others. The London Eye is made from green beans, courgettes and plum tomatoes on a children’s bicycle wheel. Nelson’s Column is a cucumber and Nelson is made from monkey nuts.

St Paul’s is carved from a watermelon, surrounded by broccoli trees, whilst the Gherkin is a cantaloupe and Eros is handcrafted from chillis. Tower Bridge consists of flapjacks and Shreddies on pillars of pineapple. Asparagus lampposts, entwined with mackerel, line a panini Embankment.

The inspiration for Warner’s photography comes from childhood memories such as the Wizard of Oz film and from Borough Market, which is next to his studio. He enjoys working with children and is concerned that families in the UK are eating together much less than in the past, unlike in France and Spain where children, “talk and have fun over food together.” He already works with hospitals to encourage children who have been unwell to start eating again – and his images are also used in childhood obesity clinics. Warner’s first children’s book is coming out next May.
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