Henry Hargreaves is a living proof that you can turn almost anything into a form of art, you just need some inspiration and desire to create. New Zealand based photographer started his career path not in the art industry, but in the food industry. He was amused with the connection between peoples choice of meal and their personalities, and that’s how he started his obsession with food-related topics. And for the record, some of them are quite scary.
But let’s start with a more pleasant “first course” and, actually, it involves James Bond. “Dying to eat” is a collaboration between Henry Hargreaves and Charlotte Omnes and is based on Ian Fleming’s famous spy series. In a postwar period these books were a great fit with their adventurous nature and luxury lifestyle. Well, we all have seen Bond movies, at least some of them. However, what we haven’t seen are the exotic meals Fleming described in his novels while the main character consumed them all around the world.
And we are sure you wouldn’t mind joining Bond in this adventure! Although, this can hardly be true for our next “course”.
This one is peculiar all around, but suitable only for the strong gourmets. “No Seconds” is a project that tells a story of the prisoner’s last meals before the death sentence.
Hargreaves became interested in a topic and started his research after realizing that this basic request for a meal can create a convict’s portrait in a way. In addition, food and dining has been a universal sign of connection between people, even among the primal tribes dinner is a social event and a sign of acceptance. So the viewer cannot help but relate on the basis of the universal need of provision. We see people that have committed terrible crimes, yet we perceive them not as monstrous caricatures, but as fellow human beings who went along horribly wrong path. Moreover, the perspective which photographer uses puts us in the shoes of those criminals, as if we were looking at the last meal from the fist person’s view, which makes the whole experience even more disturbing. Surprisingly humane, yet frightening photo project. So it is high time to move to the dessert, and we promise it won’t involve any crimes.
It will only deal with cakes.“Celebrated For You”, a collaboration with set designer Nicole Heffron, is a year-long project dedicated to the iconic filmmakers and their birthdays. This series is a fantasy of a presumable obsessive fan that would bake a birthday treat for his favorite director, leaving clues to his works and general oeuvre at the scene. Humorous and atmospheric, we cannot ask for more.
If you want to get a glimpse of other peculiar food-related projects of Henry Hargreaves, definitely visit his website. For now, let’s make a conclusion, that everything has a meaning if you dig a little bit deeper, and afterwards we can grab something to eat. Enjoy!