Sunday, 12 September 2010

Mark Menjivar

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT series


Midwife/Middle School Science Teacher | San Antonio, TX | 3-Person Household (including dog) | First week after deciding to eat all local produce.


Bar Tender | San Antonio, TX | 1-Person Household | Goes to sleep at 8AM and wakes up at 4PM daily.


Street Advertiser | San Antonio, TX | 1-Person Household | Lives on $432 fixed monthly income.


Food Artist | New York, New York | 1-Person Household | Runs a vegan bakery from her apartment.


Community Volunteer | San Angelo, TX | 1-Person Household | Completely blind and lives alone.

Construction Worker/House Wife | San Angelo, TX | 4-Person Household | Wife wakes every morning at 4AM to cook breakfast for family.


Engineer | Lower Pottsgrove, PA | 17-Person Household | Italian-Puerto Rican Family Reunion


Delicatessen Attendant | Daphne, AL | 4-Person Household | Disowned by parents for marrying a black man.


Owner of Defunct Amusement Park | Alpine, TX | 1-Person Household | Former WW II Prisoner of War.

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

For three years I have traveled around the country examining food issues. The more time I spent speaking and listening to individual stories, the more I began to think about the foods we consume and the affects they have on us as individuals and communities.

An intense curiosity and questions about stewardship led me to begin to make these unconventional portraits. A refrigerator is both a private and a shared space. One person likened the question, “May I photograph the interior of your fridge?” to asking someone to pose nude for the camera.

Each fridge is photographed “as is”. Nothing added, nothing taken away.

These are portraits of the rich and the poor. Vegetarians, Republicans, members of the NRA, those left out, the under appreciated, former soldiers in Hitler’s SS, dreamers, and so much more. We never know the full story of one’s life.

My hope is that we will think deeply about how we care.

How we care for our bodies. How we care for others. And how we care for the land." ~Mark Menjivar



Carpenter/Photographer | San Antonio, TX | 3-Person Household | 12 Point Buck shot on family property.

Source: Mark Menjivar

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