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You Are What You Eat: A Glimpse Inside of Refrigerators in Homes Across America

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

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 POWs, 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

You Are What You Eat is a project by San Antonio-based photographer Mark Menjivar documenting the inside of people’s refrigerators around the country. For three years Menjivar traveled the country, exploring the foods we consume and the effects they have on individuals and communities. The work is currently on display at 0.00156 acres in Brooklyn through February 3, 2013.

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

Mark MenjivarSocial Studies Teacher/Secretary | Portland, OR | 2-Person Household | Try to only eat foods found within 100 miles of home.

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

Mark MenjivarStreet Advertiser | San Antonio, TX | 1-Person Household | Lives on $432 fixed monthly income.

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

Mark MenjivarDisabled | Marathon,TX | 2-Person Household | Weighed 390lbs earlier this year.

Mark MenjivarInternational Businessman | San Antonio, TX | 1-Person Household | Divorced after 33 years of marriage.

Mark MenjivarCarpenter/Photographer | San Antonio, TX | 3-Person Household | 12 Point Buck shot on family property.

Mark MenjivarConstruction Worker/House Wife | San Angelo, TX | 4-Person Household | Wife wakes every morning at 4AM to cook breakfast for family.

  • Mahmud

    The snake… scarey!

  • Kate

    A snake…..Why?

  • Kate

    Why would anyone have a snake in their freezer?