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‘You Are What You Eat’, a Photo Series


Midwife/Middle School Teacher, San Antonio. First week after deciding to eat all local produce—Mark Menjivar

Mark Menjivar’s photo series You Are What You Eat puts the adage to the test.

The photographer traveled the country, visiting all sorts of people—rich, poor, NRA members, veterans, and so on—to photograph the insides of their refrigerator, as-is.

“One person likened the question, ‘May I photograph the interior of your fridge?’ to asking someone to pose nude for the camera,” Menjivar wrote, hinting at the voyeurism involved in his project.

To each photo, Menjivar added a short description of the refrigerator owner: his or her occupation, the number of people in the household and a personality quirk.

While the photographer doesn't prescribe a relationship between food and person, some examples confirm certain stereotypes, like a shotgun-toting carpenter/photographer from Texas with a freezer filled with meat and a bottle of tequila.

Carpenter/Photographer, San Antonio. 12 Point Buck shot on family property—Mark Menjivar





Bartender, San Antonio. Goes to sleep at eight a.m. and wakes up at four p.m. daily—Mark Menjivar





Street Advertiser, San Antonio. Lives on US$432 fixed monthly income—Mark Menjivar





Short Order Cook, Marathon. She can bench press over 300lbs—Mark Menjivar





Production Designer, New York. Has done films for Cindy Sherman and Larry Clark—Mark Menjivar





Gallery Owner, New York. Is not very good at small talk—Mark Menjivar





Restaurant Owner, Waco. Has a photographic memory for useless information—Mark Menjivar


[via Gizmodo]
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