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

Bartender | San Antonio, TX | 1-Person Household | Goes to sleep at 8 a.m. and wakes up at 4 p.m. daily.

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

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

Documentary Film Makers | San Diego, CA | 3-Person Household | Efforts have helped send millions of dollars to children in Uganda.

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

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

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

Co.Design

Ew! Peek Inside 50 People's Refrigerators

A collection of photographs finds that if you are what you eat, then we have become some very strange creatures indeed.

Some people fear the skeletons in their closet. But most of us are probably more self-conscious about the green things growing in our refrigerators.

It’s an idea explored by Mark Menjivar, who spent four years photographing You Are What You Eat, a series featuring the contents of more than 50 refrigerators across the United States, all of which are in their native, often disgusting, state because their owners were never given a chance to clean them out first.

“One person likened me asking to photograph their fridge to me asking them to pose nude for the camera,” Menjivar tells Co.Design. “Fridges are funny. We share them, but they can be this really private space. Especially now, I think that the things and ways we eat are so tied to image.”

In Menjivar’s hands, the fridge has become a fascinating portrait, an exploration of someone’s character through old Chinese takeout boxes rather than unkempt hair or weathered brows. A bartender in San Antonio sleeps days and works nights. His or her fridge is full of styrofoam boxes and one properly folded American flag. A team of filmmakers stocks little else but beer, wine, and a few types of BBQ sauce. A short-order cook from Marathon, Texas, has a freezer full of flour tortillas and what I’m fairly certain is a rattlesnake. But whatever she’s eating must be working: She can bench over 300 pounds.

“I have found underwear, snakes, pubic hair, bugs, batteries, placentas, a lazy susan, mystery items that not even the owners knew what they were, and more,” Mejivar divulges. “I think that the fridge can be a glimpse into a lifestyle that someone is leading. It can never be a full picture, but it can give us hints.”

I can’t imagine that moment right after the fact--the handshake good-bye as Menjivar packs up his gear, pretending to have overlooked a stray pube or placenta staring at him in the eerie blue glow of a refrigerator light--accompanied by an excuse, of course, that he’d misread his watch, and that he really didn’t have time to stay for dinner after all.

"You Are What You Eat" will be on display starting December 1 at Brooklyn’s 0.00156 Acres.

See more here.

Add New Comment

4 Comments