The Republic of Bacon is not a real place. I mean, you can’t buy a plane ticket to it and we don’t have any border disputes (currently – some of those vegan websites have been encroaching on our turf lately, tho). It’s more a place that belongs in one’s heart than on any map. However, if the Republic of Bacon did exist, I imagine it would look like one of Carl Warner’s Meat Foodscapes. After the jump below, I’ll show you some of his amazing works, will give you some idea of how he creates them.

The Man Behind the Food

Carl Warner is a British photographer. He began studying art originally with the intention of becoming an illustrator, but he was eventually seduced over to photography. After school, he began working in advertising. Through this work he started exploring still life photography, particularly when it comes to food. Around this time he developed a hobby for photographing food and making fantastical images from them. From this, he developed his idea for foodscapes: photographs that mimic landscapes, but that are entirely made out of food.

Since then, he has established himself as a major figure in the food photography and advertising industry. Many of his images are produced for major companies and brands. Even more recently, he has become famous for his creations. He has even written a book about them, and plans to work on developing a television show.

How They Are Created

The foodscapes are laborious, meticulous endeavours. They all start out with Warner sketching a scene and then choosing the right “ingredients” for the various landscape features. The landscapes are shot in layers – food doesn’t last very long under the studio lights – and the layers are combined in post-production. The creation and photographing of a single image, with all of its layers, can take two to three days. Post-production and touching up can take a bit longer.

Warner doesn’t always work with meat: he sometimes works with (shudder) vegetables. He gets his inspiration by going to farmer’s markets and staring at food. You can see some of his process in creating one of his landscapes in the following video. (WARNING: DOES NOT CONTAIN BACON. But I imagine it’s pretty much the same. Except more tasty.)

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A World of Bacon – Well, Italian Bacon

The Carl Warner images we’ve posted here are from a series he did featuring a lot of Italian meat products: prosciutto, pancetta, mortadella and salami. As Carl points out, “The meat one you either love or hate as it’s a vegetarian’s nightmare.” Well, Carl, I can tell you that the meat one is one I definitely *love.* Unfortunately, all of that meat was pretty inedible after they were done. “Most of the food used in the sets have either been super glued or pinned and none of this makes for good eating!” It’s sad to hear but I can only say that the meat perished for a good cause!

What do you think of Carl’s work? Would you like to live in his bacon-y worlds?

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