Les Misérables (Victor Hugo)

Charles Roux

Fictitious Feasts


This project is based upon the relations between food and literature through photography. Starting from specific passages from fiction literature, I aim to recreate the symbolic and emotional strength of literary food scenes.

Being a feature of relevant human behaviour and psychological events, the meals within literary texts are meaningful insofar as they deeply fulfill physical needs as well as they provide psycho-emotional nourishment.

Giving life to a story, the motif of food may also be a landmark in the storytelling or defines a character, relates him to a social or cultural identity.




Holder of the European Bachelor of Photography, Charles Roux attended a Paris photography school (Icart Photo) and graduated as “head of the year” as well as “best end-of-studies portfolio.” Also graduated in Anglo-American and Hispanic Literature and Civilisations, his world is widely influences by literature, cinema and painting. All he endeavours to create is atmosphere above all, epxloring realities and their underlying stories. He is currently living and working in Paris, France.


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FujiFilm/EPF Young Talent Award

The FujiFilm/EPF Young Talent Award is an additional grant for photographers under 25. Using David Alan Harvey’s words “A heart felt thank you also to FujiFilm for making it possible for the EPF to keep focus on the future generations, the young ones, the ones with a vision already making a mark now… and just might make another jump soon…”




37 thoughts on “Charles Roux – Fictitious Feasts”

  1. This one makes me want to put aside my camera, remove the fog from my brain, retreat to a nice, cozy, spot and spend the rest of my days reading books.

    That’s all. Nothing else. Just read books. Well, take short breaks to eat, drink, love and swear occasionally.

    Clever idea, nicely done.

    I was wondering what kind of chowder that was on the Moby Dick section?

  2. C’mon guys ‘Corn! Dont leave the veggies out of this.

    I look at these and I think.’yeah, this guy handles lighting well’. And then I’m done with them.


    no credit for the concept? the overall execution? c’mon dude if you want to do a book and sell lots , you should know that COOKBOOKS are number one sellers…followed by books on architecture and cats and dogs…..just saying….

  4. Sidney: Ok, Ishmael. I’ll do that. Actually, Ishamael, in posing the question I was making a private joke, a joke that only I would understand, so there was really no point in posting the question other than to amuse myself. On that point, my dear Ishmael, I did succeed.

  5. Yes, David – I hadn’t thought of that, but I think you nailed it. Unlike most all the essays you publish here, this one has the potential to bring the photographer not only acclaim, but real income, too. I hope it does.

  6. Mr Leopold Bloom ate with relish the internal organs of beasts and fowls, although Joyce never tells us what kind of relish Mr Leopold Bloom ate the internal organs of beasts and fowls with. Me, I’m strictly a ketchup guy; I don’t really go in for relish at all.

  7. And vis-a-vis Proust, I couldn’t wait for him to kill Albertine. When I finally read about her unfortunate demise, I thought, ding dong the bitch is dead, the bitch is dead, the wicked bitch is dead, and I thought the Narrator would rejoice as well. Apparently not, as he spends the next 800 pages moping about her death with no one around willing to slap him upside his head and tell him to snap out of it.

  8. DAVID. The only cat picture I ever made that I liked I had to lock a kitten outside in the snow until I got the shot (sorry bill) so I probably aint going to be making cutsie cutsie pet books any time soon. and no….no credit for the concept. ‘Still life with sketchy at best literature connection’. its also a shame that these young guns with all their education and awards dont proofread their artist statements better…but there you go.


    i fixed the errors i saw in spelling etc…for those photographers here for whom English is not their native language, then it is our job and our mistake if there are errors…

    you locking a kitten out in the snow however would seem to be your error, unless of course the picture was truly fantastic!!

  10. Sidney, actually, I revisited chapter 15 right after I read your original and, as I have not read Moby Dick for decades, I was pretty impressed that you had been able to keep that quote in mind for who knows how long?

    Unless maybe you just reread Moby Dick lately…

    Thanks for the refresher…

  11. David – Never mind. I found the answer in the ghosted, six point type at the bottom of the page. I want to start a new online magazine of my own and am just very confused about how to go about it and whose program to buy into and that’s why I asked.

    But I take it from what you write that while you are using WordPress as your platform you are employing additional tools to make it do something along the lines of what you want to do.

  12. FROSTY,

    Apologies for the pedantry, but I couldn’t resist. It has been at least four decades since I last read Moby Dick, but for peculiar personal reasons that passage has stuck with me. Memory is very spooky sometimes.

    Call me Fishmeal.

  13. John – That’s a great kitten shot. If the kitten was locked out for a very short time and then you brought it in and poured warmth, compassion and affection upon it, then it was worth it. I am reminded though of a quote recited by my Art 101 teacher. I can’t remember the quote precisely, nor which of the great artists he attributed it to, and a quick Google search did not pull it, but the artist said that if a great museum filled with the greatest art works was about to burn down and he had a choice to save the museum cat or the art, he would save the cat.

  14. BILL “if the kitten was locked out for a very short time and then you brought it in and poured warmth, compassion and affection upon it” ……..yeeeaaaahhh…about that…so i did the shot(very arty through a glass patio door holding up a little fishy kitten treat to get it to beg)… and i was gonna let it in but just then i got a phone call(very important, something about dry cleaning ready to pick up or something)…and then I changed the film in my cameras, which always ends up with me cleaning the lenses, labelling the film i just took out yada yada yada…..and then the pizza guy arrived (meat feast, extra chillies .. yum) and then someone was like ..”didnt we have a little furry thing around here somewhere?” and I remembered it was still out in the snow so I went to let it back in and do all that ‘warmth and compassion and affection’thing you said(honestly)…..but by then it was sorta hasta la bye bye kitty, hello snowman kitty. Still, the midget family down the road really liked it.

  15. C’mon Bill.what do you think? Of course it was fine. it is a ‘He’ called Yellow. And of course you would save the cat!! ….but no harm stuffing a couple Bacon and Carravagio canvases inside your coat as well…sort of heat shield kind of thing :)

  16. John, it’s just about time for me to go to bed. Thanks for giving me a good chuckle first!

    Of course I had never doubted that you had acted quickly and treated good young Yellow well. I hope this won’t offend you, but I just don’t think you have a mean bone in your body.

  17. Another note on the technical aspects of the new format. Someone has probably noticed this and is working on it, but when I click on one of those mosaics to see the individual image and slideshow, I’m stuck there and cannot get back to the main burn page without totally exiting burn (I’m using firefox). Should probably put some nav back to the main page there and if possibly fix it so the back button in the browser works to get out of the loop. Or if there is something there that I’m just missing, make it more obvious for half blind folk like myself.

    And this is an FYI that probably relates only to me, not a complaint or request for change; but I think seeing the mosaic in many cases will make it less likely that I will view the essay. It’s kind of like a preview at the theater that gives the story away, or at least engenders forming an opinion prematurely. Hopefully, I can fight that off and still look, but I’ll miss that element of surprise you get when you have no idea what’s coming next.

  18. Or… you can tap the “escape” button.

    Mike, your final concern is a good one. Today, I scrolled down through the overview of the new entry and then almost moved on, but because I am a photographer highly interested in what other photographers create and because I could see I could not truly appreciate the power in the images unless I pulled them up to look at as individual images, I went back to the beginning and went through one by one – and it was well worth the return and the journey.

    The other night I also realized another potential drawback. I was going through a series of images I had organized to build upon each other and then to come to a surprising, bitter-sad and yet humorous conclusion. I thought it worked very well. And then it suddenly dawned on me – presented in this format, which I otherwise like so very much, the conclusion would be no surprise at all. It would have been revealed at the beginning.

  19. Matisse said he’d rather save a cat than a priceless Rembrandt…..

    me too…

    i’d go one better: i’d save a cat over my entire life’s photographic work…..


    if you have an essay with a “surprise ending” we can set it up so that some or all or part of the story is hidden…we are still experimenting in any case…

  21. Thank you for that, Bob. I am not surprised that, being so art literate as you are, you knew the answer and now that you say, yes, I remember it was Matisse. Only my art teacher presented it not as single Rembrandt but as a great museum filled with the greatest paintings of all time.

  22. David, I really do love the new format and look forward to see where the experiment goes. I ran into a similar problem when I made my ebook, Carrizo. Apple designed its iBooks Author software with a mandatory table of contents that lays out every single page in thumbnail, chapter by chapter. So here I had this story with a real element of suspense – did the feral cat live or die, did the dog get him, did he stay on the rez where the dog would get eventually him, did the vet’s skewed and absolutely false knowledge of law and propensity to invent ficticious laws to save her from her fear of suit cause him to be abandoned to the streets of Phoenix…? But as soon anyone scanned the thumbnails in the TOC they would see him on a plane and then at home in Alaska.

    I did not believe “mandatory” could actually mean mandatory and so I spent four days working to eliminate that table of contents and designed one of my own in the traditional manner. And I thought I succeeded. After four days dedicated to nothing else, I completely removed the TOC – in my in-computer in-iBooks Author program copy.

    But when I published it to the iBooks store, the TOC reimposed itself back on the version that people actually see!

  23. FROSTFROG :)

    yea, i think Kafka (or a story about him) also refers to an art museum burning…ditto Camus…and yea, art instruction and philosophy professors ask that question too :)…hahahaha

    i remember the matisse quote, because i was obsessed w/him in High School….

    maybe it began with greeks :)

  24. Bob, I am ever impressed with your encyclopedic knowledge of all that blew past me in Art 101. I do believe the cat vs great works in the fire story is the only thing I have retained and even there my memory was flawed and I had to turn to you to get the facts straightened out. You have done me a great service and I thank you.

  25. FROSTFROG :)

    me too…actually…..i seem to retail most of the stuff (important or not) that seemed to mean something too me, and a fair bit of meaningless stuff too…much to my teachers, friends, partners shagrin ;)….

    we’re all in this world together

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