This Photographer Recreates Literature's Most Iconic Meals
How do you picture Little Red Riding Hood's basket, Alice in Wonderland's tea party, Les Miserables' stolen loaf of or even Proust's madeleine?
Attempting to stay as faithful to the text as possible, French photographer Charles Roux - mostly inspired by literature, art and cinema - recreated literature's most iconic meals, feasts, banquets and picnics.
This task required a large amount of work, and the process began way back in 2014. To stay faithful to the author's work, the artist even found antique objects and the perfect location to accurately capture the book's vision.
From Proust's madeleine to Narnia
The photographer even cooked all the meals for the shoot. Exploring new recipes such as C.S. Lewis' Narnia loukoums, or Herman Melville's Moby Dick clam chowder.
The artist explains each piece requires a different amount of work. While some dishes are barely described, others are highly detailed, such as in Virginia Woolf's work for exemple. Charles Roux tells Slate:
“It’s easier, in a way, because you can picture it more clearly, but that’s also difficult because you need to follow every item that’s described, from the blue flower-patterned tablecloth to the fruit in the purple fruit bowl. So I don’t think it’s necessarily easier to follow the descriptions in the books, because it’s more creatively limiting. I had more fun doing Goldilocks and The Three Bears because it was more improvisation.”
Visit Charles Roux' website to see the entire project.
By Jeanne Pouget, publish on 29/08/2016