“My brains is a Jumble of Many Ideas.”
On a cloudy spring day, we met Hunter Harwick in his his two bedroom apartment. He was wearing a black t-shirt and white pants. His apartment was very reflective of himself. Harwick is a 20 year-old up and coming photographer in the DFW and Austin areas. He’s a sophomore in the Studio Art program with a concentration in Photography here at the University of North Texas. Kenzie and I were able to sit down with Hunter and ask him a few questions about his work. He sat on the edge of his bed as his dog Ringo and his cat Casper were laying by him on his bed.
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Bennett: Where do you get your inspiration?
Hunter: “I get a lot of it from environments I’m in. Like my room, I spend a lot of time there. I want to make sure that all of my environments are inspirational and creatively stimulating. I look at Pinterest a lot and scrolls for hours, tries new things with my photography.”
His room was a fresh, simplistic place with mid-century modern furniture, plants and pets.
Hunter in his room with his dog Ringo and cat Casper
Kenzie: Describe your art style.
H: “I would say like my photography fits into one style because I’m interested in so many things. I have concept-heavy work for class, it’s a different look from his fashion portraits from Instagram. I work from different angles and focuses for Instagram and play with color.I’ve tried to stick to a style, especially for my insta, but I found that it limited me. It’s easy to get caught up in the insta aesthetics but I found that when it comes to my photography that like doesn’t work for me, because I’m interested in many things.”
“I love like “weird” photography…”
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B: What are you interested in?
H: “I’m not interested in the normal. I love like “weird” photography like doing something that isn’t like typical or considered the norm for fashion photography. When it comes to conceptually driven work, I’m currently working on a project about our connection to the environment and how we’ve become disconnected from the earth and we should become reconnected. So I’m out shooting myself, self portraits, as I’m interacting with the earth to make a statement and get stripped down to the most vulnerable state. I can show you these if you want.”
Harwick pulled out this phone and shows me images from the upcoming project. The photos were of himself in nude self portraits interacting with the earth. Each photo was captivating in its own way, and shows personal and intimate moments by himself.
“Omg, I think it’s a big thing that most of my conceptually driven work has been self portraits. No one can better portray what’s in my brain than me. For me, it’s more efficient because I don’t have to direct anyone or like I don’t really have to convey my image to a model because it can be difficult to explain.”
“Lele” October 2018
“I thought they were so good at the time but looking back they are so cringy.”
K: How long have you been into photography and how did you get into it?
H: “I got this super super cheat point and shoot camera for Christmas in sixth grade and it was literally like $30 at Kohl’s, it was the shittiest thing ever, but at the time I thought it was so cool. And so I slowly upgraded camera wise until 8th grade when I got my first DSLR and I would say that is when I started taking photography seriously. I would shoot with friends for fun. I thought they were so good at the time but looking back they are so cringy.”
He pulled out his phone and showed me his old Instagram account showing his old photographs.
“They’re literally so bad, I don’t know what I was thinking with these angels.”
B: What has been your favorite project?
H: “The one I’m working on right now is called “Reconnect” tentatively lol. It’s self portraits of me reconnecting with the earth. I feel like it’s the most meaningful project because its current. I feel like a lot of people can relate and it makes them ask themselves what can they do to reduce their footprint.”
K: One last question, what does the future hold for you?
H: “Ideally I’d like to move to New York or LA after I graduate and get an internship to be able to stay there, you know what I mean? I want to stay there and find a place and get a job doing anything creative. I don’t want to limit myself but my dream would be to freelance and do my own thing.”
Hunter and his dog Ringo in his apartment.
Written by Bennett Brown and Kenzie Hirsch
Hunter photographed by Bennett Brown
Images supplied by Hunter Harwick at @hunterharwickphoto on Instagram