What one eats tell us so much about him/herself; interests, culture, financial status and more. Our life routines adjust our diets, where we live inspires our dishes and our traditions settle unique recipes which vary from a culture to another. That was the inspiration behind the following photography projects, which shed light on many facts about the world around us.
1. Rise and Shine, by Hannah Whitaker:
The freelance photographer Hannah Whitaker made this project in 2014. It was a collaboration between her and the journalist Malia Wollan for New York Times magazine. What kids around the world eat for breakfast is the main subject of the project. The outcome is a tabletop photo of the kid’s breakfast and a portrait of him/her with the food. According to a survey the creators have made, most Americans choose cold cereals for breakfast, which made them think that there’s a lack of imagination when it comes to breakfasts in America. On the other hand, a kid in Japan can start his day with rice, and you can find a Brazilian kid sips coffee in the morning. The variety of food appears across the 7 countries they’ve visited is so appealing and introduces many cultures through a kid meal.
2. Dinner in NY, by Miho Aikawa:
The Japanese photography Miho Aikawa noticed that the term “quality dinner” has its meaning changed through time. When eating turns from a primary activity a person does for its own necessity to a secondary activity one does while doing something else. Earlier, the dinner meal was the most important one when it comes to communication, at the end of the day, a great chance for everyone to display his day ahead. Nowadays, the dinner lost some of its uniqueness. People now have dinner over work, studies, kids care, TV shows, etc. Dinner In NY has bean featured in many media outlets; The Oprah Blog, Burn Magazine, Creative Boom, Soura Magazine, and more. This project is followed by another one called Dinner In Tokyo, the same idea takes place in different country.
3. Daily Bread, by Gregg Segal:
Inspired by the increment of children obesity, the photographer Gregg Segal traveled around 9 countries in 3 consecutive years, 2016,2017 and 2018, capturing photos of what kids around the world eat in a week. “In 2015, Cambridge University conducted an exhaustive study, identifying countries with the healthiest diets in the world. 9 of the top 10 countries are in Africa, where vegetables, fruit, nuts, legumes, grains are staples and meals are homemade, a stark contrast to the US where nearly 60% of the calories we consume come from ultra-processed food and only 1% come from vegetables.” stated on Gregg Segal official website. The photographs are mainly a photo of the kid laying on the floor and his food consumption through a week around him/her. This style of composition Gregg has used before in an earlier photography project called 7 Days OF Garbage– a project that focuses on the huge wastes we throw away each week. The project is published into a book by Powerhouse Books.
4. Hungry Planet, by Peter Menzel:
Hungry Planet: what the world eats, is another successful photography project made by the great photographer Peter Menzel and his wife the writer Faith D’Aluisio. The couples traveled 24 countries, met around 30 families, each with different financial status and number of family members. Each photo is a group photo of the family with all the food they eat in a week. Peter Menzel noticed the gap between spendings of each family compared by US$. The project was published into a book in 2005 and won two awards, one in the same year and the other in 2006.
5. What I Eat: Around The World In 80 Diets, by Peter Menzel:
As the previous one, this project is a work by Peter Menzel. This time, the hero of the photo is not a family but a singular person. The project included 80 persons from 30 country, each captured around his work atmosphere with his daily diet in 2010. The food reflects perfectly how one’s work and lifestyle affect our diets and routines.