Early in the Jarry project, we discovered Blake Bashoff through his Instagram feed. All his beautiful food shots (he has a penchant for galettes) made us salivate, and interspersed among them are portraits of a ruggedly handsome, tattoo’ed guy working outdoors—petting a horse, tilling a garden, eating a peach, usually shirtless. As we got to know him a little better and learned more about his background, his work in food, and his big-picture projects, he seemed perfect for what we were trying to capture with Jarry. He’s smart, charming, funny, handsome, talented, and making a name for himself in the food world. We’d found our cover guy.
So one weekend last June, the Jarry team flew out to California to photograph and meet him in-person at his employer Anjelica Huston’s—yes, you read that right—ranch in the foothills of the Sequoias. This ranch is a bona fide sanctuary, with goats, horses, gardens and orchards, and eclectic little cottages tucked into the landscape, and Blake and his boyfriend, the photographer Nick Turner who would be taking shots, made us feel entirely at home. It was a long day in the sun, but to cap it off, Blake treated us to a fireside feast served under a thick ceiling of stars. We dined for hours with the members of his ranch family, feeling far from Brooklyn but strangely at home.
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