Photographer Creates Spellbinding Photos Of Meals From Classic Books
Paris photographer Charles Roux describes his boyhood self as “a lonely kid that filled his life – and his voids- with literary fiction.” In this way, you could say Fictitious Feasts began in the artist’s early years, when he was curled up with a book, turning the pages and imagining the worlds inside them.
Growing up, he always had a vivid and visceral picture in his head of Alice’s tea party in Wonderland, the dinner table at the Ramsay house in Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, Gregor Samsa’s wretched pile of rotting food, left on the floor each morning by his sister Grete in Kafka’s The Metamorphosis. As an adult and still life photographer, he had the means to bring these scenes to life.
“I wanted to reach a point were fiction and reality meet,” Roux explains. In keeping with that notion, he ate most of the food after it was photographed.
“All the World’s Mornings” by Pascal Quignard
“Pippi Longstocking” by Astrid Lindgren
Fictitious Feasts – “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens
“Moby Dick” by Herman Melville
“Remembrance of Things Past” by Marcel Proust
“On the Road” by Jack Kerouac
“The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison
“The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka
“Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë
“Love in the Time of Cholera” by Gabriel García Márquez
“Goldilocks and the Three Bears” by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
“The Corrections” by Jonathan Franzen
“Ulysses” by James Joyce
Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame”
“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll