We Are What We Eat

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What’s for Dinner?

Excerpt from the excellent Sept’09 Issue of  Orion Magazine.
By Jennifer Sahn

Midwife/Middle School Teacher, TX

Bartender, goes to sleep @ 8AM

What’s For Dinner? Mark Menjivar wants to know. His curiosity about the eating habits of his fellow humans fueled a photography project that speaks volumes the twenty-first century hunter-gatherer. In home after home, he performed that age-old ritual of opening wide the refrigerator door , hoping to find something good, something that beckons. Be he wasn’t looking for something to eat; he wanted to document this semi-private domestic space to capture  in time the contents of the refrigerator as a testament to how we live and what we live on. It was, as one of his subjects suggested, like asking someone to pose nude.

“Each fridge is photographed “as is,” says Menjivar, No funny business is at play here, and it’s all on display….
To read the full article: check online with Orion Magazine to purchase the September’09 back issue.

To see more of Mark’s study of Americans on display via the fridge, see more fridge images on his website.
Thanks for Mark Menjivar for letting us reproduce his two images here on MSI’s blog.

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