‘Mystery Meat’ No Longer: Confronting Food Photos Reveal Exactly What We are Eating





It’s time to face your food. Texas-born Peter Augustus confronts our disconnect with the origins of our dinner and the reality of what it looks like before being cleaned, processed and packaged into a visually acceptable substance.

Moving to Hong Kong two years ago, Augustus was struck by the traditional meat shops all over the city, every part of the animals for sale and gruesomely displayed in the store windows and streets. Though at first a bit jarring, the relationship non-Western countries have with their food at least feels a bit more honest than our dyed, fried and breaded meals. It is this disassociation that Augustus’ Mystery Meat challenges, the unappetizing truth in a full array of classic American delights. The series intends to neither nauseate or condemn, but simply bring about awareness and a reminder of food production in the States and elsewhere. If we are to eat that tasty burger, let’s at least keep in mind where it came from.


Pork Burger


Hot Dog

All images © Peter Augustus 2014

via Master Kong Society

  • luxx

    yum, i love chicken feet, minus the nails. lol

  • Data_Eater

    Pork anus is better <3

  • Kiro

    And what proof does he have? .-.

  • Bill1893

    And pork tastes just like people, so you might expect pork snout to taste just like a person’s nose.

  • Is THAT supposed to sicken us? Anyone with half a brain understands that all life comes from other life. That is just the way the universe is set up. In order for any creature to live, something else has to die. If it makes you feel better to only kill carrots, fine, but DON’T think you aren’t taking a life.

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