Image courtesy of Anne Barth from the series Cutan.
“The production of food, its handling and the industry behind it are worthy of discussion. Straight grown cucumbers, shrink-wrapped vegetables, size-sown eggs and cheap meat from factory farming are commonplace. Many movements, subcultures and groups such as straight-edge or foodsharing deal with the topic of food. Organic meat, air-carried fruits, frozen food, all that surrounds us every day. Eating becomes a statement. Growing up as a vegeterian I was confronted very early with reactions by my social enviroment relating to what I was eating. When I became vegan reactions intensified. My series is inspired by the Spanish painter Cotn from the early 16th century. In his still lives he created a close proximity through light and a detailed realistic drawing. Whereas the composition creates distance I take up this contradiction to show the tension that food and eating brings nowadays.”
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Editor’s comment: “Using simple elements this image manages to convey its message. Displaying suffocated vegetables is a strong metaphor, playing on the long tradition of still life. I appreciated the ability to produce a well-balanced composition, use color contrast, and work with lighting.”