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Fictitious Feasts

We Have Always Lived in The Castle (Shirley Jackson)

Photographer Charles Roux creates meals from literature in their proper setting for his project Fictitious Feasts. He began the project in 2014. Roux has posted about 50 images so far, and is collecting them for an eventual book. The meals range from the extravagant tea party in Alice in Wonderland to the meager gruel of Oliver Twist. Each meal is an elaborate construction.

Roux even makes all the food in the photos himself. To that end, he’s spent time learning new recipes, including Turkish delight for the Chronicles of Narnia and clam chowder for Moby-Dick. He also eats the food after the shoots—except for some cupcakes he made for his Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland shoot: They looked tasty but weren’t as good as expected.

“Doing things all on my own was part of my process because I like to work alone, and I think reading is very much an individual process. The project was all about me and how I felt about the books, about their metaphors and their atmosphere, so it just made sense to do everything on my own—the props, the recipes, the pictures,” he said.

Les Misérables (Victor Hugo)

See the series so far at Roux’s project page. -via Metafilter


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