Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin create kaleidoscopic, abstract seasonal food photos that subliminally remind you of what’s in season.

Fun, Kaleidoscopic Images of Seasonal Produce That Make You Want to Eat Healthily

Fun, Kaleidoscopic Images of Seasonal Produce That Make You Want to Eat Healthily

The Eye
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Nov. 6 2015 10:08 AM

Fun, Kaleidoscopic Images of Produce That Remind You of What’s in Season

1 Jan
January: endive, radicchio, kale, turnips, leeks.

Courtesy of Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin

Photographer Henry Hargreaves and food stylist Caitlin Levin have collaborated on a new series of kaleidoscopic photo scans of seasonal fruits, vegetables, and herbs that are a sly take on the usual earnest what-to-eat-now charts and calendars illustrated with twee food photography.

The pair created the images, organized by month, by taking a handful of key seasonal fruits, vegetables, and herbs; cutting them up; and arranging them in patterns on a scanner. The kaleidoscopic, abstract effect of the designs forces you to look twice in order to isolate and name the produce. And even if you have the kind of eye that zooms right in on the details, these fun images just might subliminally remind those who don’t spend their weekends vegetable gardening or shopping at the local farmers market to eat better.

“Just as produce picked at peak flavor requires very little adornment on the plate, such was the case with these pictures,” the duo wrote in an email. “Simply placed on the scanner, we’re able to see every curve, nook, and cranny in incredible detail—and mirrored images allow us to explore symmetry, natural beauty, and the way imperfections and inconsistencies often become the most breathtaking examples of nature's artistry.”

2 feb A
February: papaya, radish, onions, clementine, oregano, passion fruit, chive flowers.

Courtesy of Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin

3 March
March: asparagus, artichoke, broccolini, greens, string beans.

Courtesy of Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin

4 April
April: spring onions, purple potatoes, fingerling potatoes, carrots, herbs.

Courtesy of Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin

5 May
May: carrots, limes, peas, garlic shoots, zucchini.

Courtesy of Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin

6 June
June: fava beans, chives, apricots, cherries, plums, sugar snaps, peaches, blueberries, strawberries, radish.

Courtesy of Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin

7 July
July: figs, plums, oregano, ochre, greens, raspberries, onions.

Courtesy of Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin

8 August
August: tomatoes and basil.

Courtesy of Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin

9 September
September: corn, garlic, beans, Mexican sour gherkins, ground cherries, sunchoke, dill.

Courtesy of Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin

10 oct
October: mushrooms and greens.

Courtesy of Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin

11 nov
November: purple cabbage, bok choy, shallots, cauliflower, tangelo, pomegranate seeds, sunchoke.

Courtesy of Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin

12 December B
December: pears, potatoes, sage, rosemary, Brussels sprouts, persimmons, shallots, nutmeg, mandarins, cranberries.

Courtesy of Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin

Kristin Hohenadel's writing on design has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Fast Company, Vogue, Elle Decor, Lonny, and Apartment Therapy.