Unless you’re Richard Dreyfuss and you’ve come into frustratingly fleeting contact with a superior extraterrestrial race, you probably stopped playing with your food right around the time that you started playing with your…Monday night adult dodgeball league. Henry Hargreaves, a photographer from New Zealand who worked in the food industry before switching to image creation full-time, readily admits that his culinary amusement period never really ended. In fact, he often uses food as the subject of his photography.
As the owner of a personal deep fryer, I have thought about using it to bathe my electronics in boiling oil a total of zero times. Obviously, Hargreaves and I think about things differently, because he does exactly that in his Deep Fried Gadgets photo series.
According to Hargreaves, this juxtaposition of silicon chips and the latter-stage life of a potato chip is a comment on consumer culture and our perceived relationship to fast food. We cherish a device, letting it devour our time like it’s our precious, until the newest generation is released and the old one suddenly appears disposable.
Styled by Caitlin Levin, the gadgets are presented like meals that you’d find recipes for in glossy magazines, whimsically driving the point home. With my journeyman fryer’s eye it is clear that the electronics are even battered and breaded before being dipped in the oil vat; what remains to be discovered is whether Hargreaves goes the extra mile by soaking the devices in buttermilk overnight to tenderize them and make the components fall right off the printed circuit board.
If your sensibilities are hardened enough to withstand the sight of an innocent Nintendo Gameboy made crispy, then do take a look at Henry Hargreaves’ work below.[Via LaughingSquid]