New Zealand-born, Brooklyn-based Henry Hargreaves might be tagged as a photographer but his skills and creativity far surpass that one label. After spending his early years as a model for major fashion houses, he quickly jumped sides of the camera after working with renowned photographers Stephen Meisel, Mario Testino, and Richard Avedon. He set up shop in New York City and immersed himself in the arts and culinary scene. His lifelong love of good food and time spent observing people’s habits while bartending led to his fusion of food and photography. Hargreaves has the ability to make ordinary food items into art that visually tells a story. Take a look at what this incredibly creative photographer and visual artist selects in this week’s Friday Five.
1. Coffee – I have made it part of my daily ritual to stop off for a coffee every morning on the way to my studio (I favor drip coffee). I have also been obsessed with coffee cup decoration which on my travels has inspired me to start a blog about cups.
2. Desert Island Discs – this is my favorite podcast. It is originally a BBC radio show that has been on ever since the end of WW2. Each week they interview someone who has had a notable life and they play 8 tracks they would take to a desert island.
3. Late night live music at St. Mazie – this is one of those magical spots. Just off the beaten path in Williamsburg is this beautiful bar/cellar bar and kind of old timey music venue that you find in your dreams of New Orleans.
4. Caitlin Levin – Dearest friend and constant collaborator on fun, beautiful and off beat food art projects.
I find working in collaborations creates the best outcomes. You challenge and complement each other on the creative journey. She doesn’t let me baffle her with my bullshit and always pushes for the best we can do.
5. My bike – it’s my chosen method of transportation. It works as my only source of constant exercise and revitalizes me while I’m at it. You connect with a city in a different way when you’re a cyclist. The noises, smells and rolls of the roads. It also forces you to think about the road and others instead of yourself.