THOUGHTS on a rainy Saturday
Yesterday I had Chick Fil A, Taco Bueno and Sonic. I will be posting the images on Monday. I am home now after coming back from my “breakfast” at Jack in the Box. My meal consisted of a steak onion and cheese sandwich fries and a tea. It was disgusting and I could only eat about half of it and a few fries.
This project is a much different experience for me this time around. In college it was a comment on our convenience and abundance of our culture and my eating habits. I was really focused on making the best images I could given my restrictions that were dictated by the concept.
Since the original idea, Fast Food Nation (visit this link for a GREAT article written by the author) came out and then Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me. (you can watch the entire movie using this link…amazing!) I have read and seen both and they have had a significant influence and expanded my thinking about the orginal idea. I thought the simplicity of Morgan’s idea is what was so genius and the results and graphic images were what made it so impactful.
This time around it is much more about the concept than the photography. The photography is purely my attempt to document the idea. It has been much more about how peculiar the whole fast food experience really is from the restaurant decor, obnoxious music, the bad food and the trash that is left. I remember when I lived in NoHo in NYC and I was walking down Broadway past a Mc Donald’s and they had set out there trash they had generated over the past couple days it was a freakin’ mountain of bags. Imagine the amount of trash you could shove into 2 dumpsters and that was about the amount of trash sitting on the curb waiting for pick up.
I believe it says so very much about the American way of life in such a succinct way. It taps into our fast paced life, problems with obesity, environmental concerns and loss of nuclear families. Food is a central gathering point where we come together with family, enjoy conversations and live life. As a society we have cheapened and marginalized the importance of that experience in our overly busy lives.