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May 17 2013

14:00

A Photographer Offers Another Way To Burn Off Calories

How do you overcome fast-food temptation? Set that burger ablaze, says Henry Hargreaves.

Some say that slapping calorie counts on menus effectively helps consumers decide whether to have fries with that. Others (guess who) argue that those assessments are faulty; that there’s just “not enough science” to link, say, sugary foods to obesity, or even that such mandates--in the case of calorie labeling, signed into law by President Obama a few years back--are a breach of the marketplace by overreaching politicians.

For photographer Henry Hargreaves, there’s plenty of blame to go around. His new photo essay, “Burning Calories,” takes a literal approach to handling the thorny caloric issue: Burn it all to hell.

Hargreaves’s photos depict an assortment of iconic fast foods and snacks lit up in flames. A ring of fire dances atop an oversize donut. The oil content of takeout lo mein feeds a small inferno. The junk food, of course, isn’t real--or at least, not in the way you think. Each piece was crafted out of sheetcake and frosting, with a few exceptions (chopsticks, a French fry sleeve) by Hargreaves’s accomplice, Amirah Kassem. The edible sculptures were placed on silver paper--“to reflect and amplify the colors and fire,” Hargreaves says--and then doused with lighter fuel.

'Burning Calories,' takes a literal approach to handling the thorny caloric issue: Burn it all to hell.

Food is a recurring motif in the Brooklyn-based photographer’s work. Previously, he staged moody still lifes composed of nom noms that Rihanna, Beyoncé, and other pop stars enjoy snacking on backstage. He also battered and deep-fried a series of gizmos, gadgets, and tablets to satirize our consumer culture’s infatuation with tech upgrades.

For “Burning Calories,” Hargreaves had some difficulty capturing the individual bonfires, not to mention fanning the smoke in his studio. The soft serve cone was rather “top heavy” and constantly threatened to topple over. The noodles, made out of edible paper, were instantly reduced to embers, leaving Hargreaves to make do with just one take.

Though he tries to downplay the essay’s critical edge, telling Co. Design that it’s “mostly just eye candy,” Hargreaves does offer up a more pointed opinion: “Calorific information, driven by the Big Brother-mandated belief that knowledge is power, is all around us,” he writes in the project statement, “but it only makes the inevitable failure to overcome temptation more depressing.” In this way, vanquishing the objects of our insatiable desires makes perfect sense. Burn, baby, burn.

[Photo credit: Henry Hargreaves, Cakes: Amirah Kassem]
    


May 10 2013

12:45

What Rihanna, Lady Gaga, And Britney Spears Eat Backstage, Rendered As Classic Still Lifes

From Prince’s B-12 injections to Billy Idol’s tub of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter--Henry Hargreaves documents the foodstuffs that pop stars contractually demand.

In the face of existential hangups, compounded by the stresses of performing and the concomitant press rounds, contractual appearances, and annoying fans, it would be difficult for any pop star not to become intolerant of just about everything. The slightest infraction can cause a major freakout. I, for one, would not like to be the handler who forgot to order Britney Spears’s McDonald’s cheeseburgers sans the buns, or who misunderstood Billy Idol when he said he likes his chewy, soft-baked chocolate cookies with an entire tub of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter.

[Billy Idol’s rider includes a tub of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter and soft-baked chocolate cookies.]

Demands like these are part of a performer’s rider, a formal agreement with the venue and celebrity that quantifies the terms of performance (accommodation of musical equipment, stage props, etc.), as well as the measures of hospitality to be taken towards the latter. What Beyoncé wants, Beyoncé gets, or she’s not going on stage. Intrigued by this contractual dynamic, photographer Henry Hargreaves set out to find how food figures into these demands.

I love the way people’s tastes in food say something that we often can’t articulate ourselves.

Hargreaves obtained riders from some of the world’s top pop musicians and based his project around the foodstuffs specified by each of the performers. Working with stylist Caitlin Levin, Hargreaves assembled still lifes using the items found in the riders: “fresh” Wonder Bread and Dom Perignon for Axl Rose, a small plate of (“non-sweaty”) cheese, chilled on ice, for Lady Gaga. It isn’t the first time the photographer has taken food as a subject--Hargreaves previously reconstructed the final meals of serial killers. On the difference or affinities between the cravings of condemned killers and pop stars, Hargreaves doesn’t comment. But he does find food an effective medium for understanding a little about each. “I love the way people’s tastes in food say something that we often can’t articulate ourselves,” he tells Co. Design.

Of course, those riders are made especially outlandish not by the pop stars themselves but by their managers as a way to gauge the venue’s technical compliance. According to Snopes: "The legendary "no brown M&Ms" contract clause was indeed real, but the purported motivation for it was not. The M&Ms provision was included in Van Halen’s contracts not as an act of caprice, but because it served a practical purpose: to provide an easy way of determining whether the technical specifications of the contract had been thoroughly read (and complied with)."

It isn’t the first time the photographer has taken food as a subject--Hargreaves previously reconstructed the final meals of serial killers. On the difference or affinities between the cravings of condemned killers and pop stars, Hargreaves doesn’t comment. But he does find food an effective medium for understanding a little about each. “I love the way people’s tastes in food say something that we often can’t articulate ourselves,” he tells Co. Design.

For their sumptuous set pieces, Hargreaves and Levin took inspiration from the chiaroscuro compositions of the Flemish Baroque school of painters. They arranged morsels of food, drink, and non-edible ephemera--roses for Al Green or in Busta Rhymes’ case, condoms--on antique plates and chalices. Closely cropped, the portraits were shot against a black background with low light, much in the vein of the vanitas still-lifes. The memento mori-themed meals are, for Hargreaves, a “metaphor for their time in the fading spotlight and how these demands likely won’t be fulfilled for ever.”

But whose “guilty pleasures” could he most identify with? “Sinatra’s liquid diet,” comprised of vintage liquors like Absolut and Beefeater Gin, with jugs of red and white wine, a platter of 24 chilled shrimp, and a roll of Life Savers and cough drops thrown in for good measure.

[Photo credit: Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin, Type credit: Lorenzo Fanton]
    


July 26 2012

15:02
Mindbending 3D Photos of Breasts (NSFW)
nyc-photo-exhibition-celebrates-breasts-in-3d-nsfw
nyc-photo-exhibition-celebrates-breasts-in-3d-nsfwNew York-based photographer and self-proclaimed breast enthusiast, Henry Hargreaves has joined up with trade publication Resource Magazine to auction off his photos as seen in Resource’s Summer 2012 issue, Breasts that Pop. The photographs, best viewed using 3D glasses, are playful and provocative, but most importantly, are a tribute to natural breasts in all shapes [...]

June 15 2012

23:07

Links for the week-end #282

Comme chaque fin de semaine voici les liens que je vous propose de découvrir ou redécouvrir : les peinture hyper-réalistes de l’artiste Nathan Walsh, le photographe de mode Hasse Nielsen, la marque Beauty & Youth nous propose un sac weekend Alhoa, le trailer du film Line Of Sight réalisé par Benny Zenga sur le monde des coursiers à vélo, le portfolio de la photographe Josefina Cervero, les surfbords « Surfcrafts » très graphiques réalisés par Coco Republic, les montres scandinaves de la nouvelle marque South Lane, l’illustrateur canadien Dave Murray, la marque de cognac Hennessy vient de dévoiler le re-design de sa bouteille V.S.O.P, la vidéo de la collection de chez Beams Printemps 2012, le photographe néo-zélandaise Henry Hargreaves nous livre sa série intitulée Deep Fried Gadgets, la marque automobile japonaise Toyota vient de dévoiler le concept car Camatte. Enjoy!

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Nathan Walsh  Hasse Nielsen photography

 

Josefina Cervero photography 

South Lane watches 

  

Henry Hargreaves Deep Fries Gadgets  Toyota unveils the Camatte concept car

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March 31 2011

08:06

“Food of the Rainbow” by Henry Hargreaves

Superbe série intitulée “Food of the Rainbow” crée par le photographe new-yorkais Henry Hargreaves. C’est dans son studio de Brooklyn que cet ancien mannequin réalise ses prisent de vues de natures mortes pour des clients comme Ralph Lauren, NY Magazine, GQ, NYLON, Boucheron, Marie Claire, Christies, I.D., … Superbe.

Great series called “Food of the Rainbow” created by New York photographer Henry Hargreaves. It is in his studio of Brooklyn that this ex model realizes its shoots of still lives and fashion for customers like Ralph Lauren, NY magazine, GQ, NYLON, Boucheron, Marie Claire, Christies, I.D., …

 

 

 

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