I have always been a huge fan of “Craft”. I don’t care if it is in the sense of a master wood-carver working his trade, or a digital master pushing pixels in Photoshop. Craft is craft, and when it is applied with a keen eye and good aesthetic value it is unstoppable. This is probably one of the reasons I am really loving Carl Warner’s photographic landscapes created from food.
To create these shots, Warner photographs the elements in layers and then composites them together to create the finished piece. Each image can take up to three days to build and shoot, and the process always begins the same way, with a sketch.
Warner first sketches his ideas out to make sure the composition in his mind will translate, and to give himself a frame of reference for the shoot. Then he spends many hours searching for the right pieces of produce for the photograph before assembling and shooting each layer with his Hasselblad H3D39.
Each layer is then transferred to his Mac, where he spends a couple of days retouching, compositing, and fine-tuning the images in Adobe Photoshop.
In addition to his own masterful work behind the camera and on the computer, Warner uses a host of model makers and food stylists to achieve these shots. The combined effort really pays off with some very magical, well crafted works.