Mark Menjivar created a series of portraits of people across the United States, by taking pictures of their refrigerators content.
Quote: “For three years I traveled around the country exploring the issue of hunger. 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.”
The refrigerator above belongs to a midwife/middle school science teacher from San Antonio, TX in a 3-person household (including dog), the first week after deciding to eat locally grown vegetables (2008).
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.
This one belongs to documentary film makers in San Diego, CA in a 3-Person Household (2008).
And this one is owned by a short order cook from Marathon, TX, a 2-Person Household (2008). (The description doesn’t say why there appears to be an exotic animal on the top shelf).
A botanist from Ft. Wayne, IN, 1-person household. Feels more comfortable among flora and fauna of his era than people (2008).
From a bar tender in San Antonio, TX, 1-Person Household. Goes to sleep at 8AM and wakes up at 4PM daily (2008).
And this one is from a carpenter/photographer, also from San Antonio, TX in a 3-person household (2008).
“(…) Looking into the refrigerators sheds light on how we choose to nourish or malnourish ourselves and exposes how connected or disconnected we are to each other, to our bodies, and to the Earth.” (Laura Wzorek).
Do now: open your refrigerator-door to discover if the portrait corresponds to whom you thought you were.