ByNicolas Knepper, writer at Creators.co
I'm a french photographer who loves food & movies !
Nicolas Knepper

The story started 3 years ago when my wife won the TV show MasterChef. She decided to change her life and open a cake shop, so she asked me to take some pictures of her creations. At first, I took some “classic” pictures but then I became more and more interested in the way these desserts were made. I also discovered that there was a story (sometimes a kind of fairytale) behind the name of each pastry or dessert. So, I looked for a way to make up stories around them...

Moulin Rouge - Raspberry macaron
Moulin Rouge - Raspberry macaron

Because I’m a huge movie fan, I started to have lots of ideas with references to films such as Kill Bill, Star Wars, and Jaws, always by using humor and derision.

Baking Bad - Puffs with crystal sugar
Baking Bad - Puffs with crystal sugar
Greed is a dessert best served cold - Lemon cream puffs
Greed is a dessert best served cold - Lemon cream puffs

Baking is always associated with sweetness, beauty and happiness, so I really wanted to “break the rules” and make some setups with blood, serial killers and other monsters – I really liked the paradox!

Cereal Killer
Cereal Killer
My precious - donut
My precious - donut

Many people ask me if I’m doing everything with Photoshop. That's not the case. All the desserts are real and I spend a lot of time finding appropriate figures, repainting or tuning some of them to make them look even more real. I’m also working on designing “special effects” with smoke or light. As I’m working with artisan food, I think it’s also nice to work in a kind of artisan way - like the old movies without thousands of computer-generated images.

Revenge - The big white macaron
Revenge - The big white macaron
Sarlacc - Roasted fig with Porto & Vanilla cream
Sarlacc - Roasted fig with Porto & Vanilla cream

It was a passion, now it has become an obsession. Each time I watch a movie, a TV show or read a book, I’m thinking: What can I do with that? I have more than 80 ideas to realize, with some of them being extremely tricky, so I am excited to continue the photo set.

Cream scene - Cheesecake with red fruit
Cream scene - Cheesecake with red fruit
Greed
Greed
Macarons make me nervous - pistachio macarons
Macarons make me nervous - pistachio macarons
Robbery of the century - Champagne macaron
Robbery of the century - Champagne macaron

I have a solo exhibition going on in Luxembourg: Gallery Célina until the 4th of September 2015 if you're in the area and want to check the photos out up close.

Or you can find other stories on my website, or Facebook.

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