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Mark Menjivar’s You Are What You Eat Photography Series

Posted in Arts & Crafts, Food & Drink with tags , , , , , on May 29, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

Is that a snake?! (Photo courtesy of Mark Menjivar)

Is that a snake?! (Photo courtesy of Mark Menjivar)

Photographer Mark Menjivar allows us to take a glimpse into typical American refrigerators and, in turn, take a look into their own personal lives.

You Are What You Eat is a series of portraits made by examining the interiors of refrigerators in homes across the Untied States.

For three years I traveled around the country exploring the issue of hunger. The more time I spent speaking and listening to individual stories, the more I began to think about the foods we consume and the effects they have on us as individuals and communities. An intense curiosity and questions about stewardship led me to begin to make these unconventional portraits.”

The subjects come from all walks of life and a lot of the times that is reflected in their palates and the contents of their fridge. Some photos display bountiful meats and vegetables belonging to successful business owners while others show sparse interiors belonging to the struggling, or working poor, of society.

I think the photographer draws on something that people don’t think too much about, yet is very intimate. It almost feels voyeuristic like looking into someone’s bathroom cabinet (Ooh, that could be your next photo series Mr. Menjivar).

CLICK HERE FOR THE “YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT” COLLECTION

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