Photographs of Children’s Games Turned Into Single-Color Sculptures

For his project titled “Game Over,” Brooklyn-based photographer Henry Hargreaves took a number of popular and instantly-recognizable children’s games (and toys) and painted over all the colorful designs and branding with single pastel colors. He then photographed the games on backgrounds of the same color.

Hargraves tells us that his goal is to make people to see games they’ve known all their lives in a different light:

Taking games from my childhood I wanted to strip away the color, making the games themselves useless but drawing the viewers attention to how beautiful and sculptural the forms themselves actually are.

It’s interesting how much most of the games depend on things like color and design. Once those things are covered up, the boards and pieces are rendered useless. Connect Four becomes simply a plastic structure with slots for discs. Chess and checkers become strange-looking pieces placed randomly over a board.

These photos remind us a lot of photographer Andrew Miller’s Brand Spirit project, in which he painted various objects completely white in order to show them in their purest forms.

Image credits: Photographs by Henry Hargreaves and used with permission

  • Mark N

    Have to say, these sorts of projects are rapidly starting to look desperate – “what set of like things can I paint and make stark?” I actually like the look of the photos but it feels like someone trying to jump a nearly full bandwagon.

  • MD

    Darn, you beat me to it! That’s exactly how I feel whenever another one of these trends emerges.

    As any photographer knows, MAKING the photograph is not usually the hard part. Conceptualizing it is. “Pft, that’s nothing special…I could take the same picture!”

    I don’t know why we continue to pay attention when a photographer just parrots a project already done by another artist. By far the hardest part has already been done. All that’s left is to spray paint a chess set.

  • Dave

    “Coming up next: Pictures of single moms with a grapefruit on their head”

  • Julian Callan

    Go on…

  • pashminu

    Excellent photoshop working.

  • Piotrek Ziolkowski

    I would say artist not photographer… I can’t say that I like it…

  • Josh

    And we shall call it art. Scoobity waa waa waa.

  • Barbara Boothe Loyd

    A good way to ruin the fun of games. I agree that all-over color projects are tiresome.