you are what you eat ~ mark menjivar

As I was doing a "spring cleaning" of my refrigerator this afternoon, I was reminded of the work of Mark Menjivar, another Critical Mass finalist.

In Mark's words...

"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 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.

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

Bar Tender | San Antonio, TX | Goes to sleep at 8AM and wakes up at 4PM daily

Owner of Defunct Amusement Park | Alpine, TX | Former WW II Prisoner of War

Street Advertiser | San Antonio, TX | Lives on $432 fixed monthly income

Midwife/Teacher | San Antonio, TX | Week after deciding to eat local vegetables

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

Production Designer | New York, NY | 2-Person Household | Has done films for Cindy Sherman and Larry Clark.

Short Order Cook | Marathon, TX | 2-Person Household | She can bench press over 300lbs.

I'd better have a closer look at my refrigerator and figure out what it says about me...