Edible Landscapes: Miniature Vignettes Made from Food
What Martian landscapes have to do with London’s skyline and the mutations of Thanksgiving.
By Maria Popova
CARL WARNER FOOD LANDSCAPES
British photographer Carl Warner doesn’t look at broccoli and cabbage leaves the way you do. He seems in them trees and sunset skies. His fantasy food landscapes are part Ansel Adams, part Anthony Bourdaine, painstakingly hand-crafted with only minimal Photoshop involvement.
Warner’s book, Food Landscapes, came out last month and is a page-turner of visually delicious fascination.
Almost two years ago, we spotlighted photographer Matthew Carden’s Small World — a series of stunning macro photographs exploring our relationship with food through a compelling blend of playfulness and meditation on wastefulness.
Carden’s work is a timely prompt for reflection around Thanksgiving, a holiday designed as appreciation for our blessings yet one that has mutated into a celebration of gluttony and excess.
MATTHEW ALBANESE STRANGE WORLDS
We featured Matthew Albanese’s Strange Worlds at length back in February, but his miniature condiment landscapes are worth a revisit. The remarkably detailed creations, made out of everyday culinary materials like cinnamon, paprika, jello and corn syrup, depict emotive visions of surreal, often otherworldly landscapes.
See more of Albanese’s fantastic and fantastical work here.
Published November 12, 2010