Food Voyeurism: Looking inside other people's fridge
Our favourite part in MTV Cribs (come on, we've all been hungover enough to have watched it at least once) is when the Z-lister celebrity opens their fridge door. Thefood choices a person makes offers a fascinating insight - especially when said celebrity seems to have staged a fake fridge which contains things they probably never eat.
There are no 'show' fridges in Mark Menjivar's You Are What You Eat - a series of portraits made by examining the interiors of refrigerators in homes across the United States.
The portraits range from rich and poor, vegetarian and Republican, members of the National Rifle Association and others. In an email to HuffPost UK Lifestyle, he wrote: "For three years I traveled around the country exploring 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 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. 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."
The inspiration for the project came after he was working on a documentary about hunger and on a whim, took a photograph of his fridge. It showed him an aspect about himself he hadn't looked at before.
Talking about what he found in other people's fridges, he says: "I have found all sorts of things - hair, towels, batteries, bugs, placentas, snakes, film etc. I once met a guy that only stored cashmere sweaters in his fridge. He agreed to be in the project, but unfortunately our schedules never came together."
In total, the exhibition has over images, and Mark has spent time travelling to over 20 communities to talk about it. Take a look at a brief extract:
Documentary film makers, 3-person household from San Diego, California. Efforts have helped send millions of dollars to children in Uganda