Mark Menjivar

At first sight, Mark Menjivar‘s You Are What You Eat provided me with one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” moments. Its a fascinating project.

…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.

Midwife/Middle School Science Teacher | San Antonio, TX | 3-Person Household (including dog) | First week after deciding to eat locally grown vegetables. | 2008

Street Advertiser | San Antonio, TX | 1-Person Household | Lives on $432 fixed monthly income | 2007

Bar Tender | San Antonio, TX | 1-Person Household | Goes to sleep at 8AM and wakes up at 4PM daily. | 2008

Midwife/Middle School Science Teacher and Bartender are available as limited edition prints via 20×200.

© Mark Menjivar

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