What does the inside of your refrigerator say about you?
Jordan G. Teicher writes for Slate about photographer Mark Menjivar's series of fridge portraits, taken in 20 communities around the United States, in some cases returning to the same person's refrigerator to shoot it again four years after his first visit. These time-lapse images are particularly compelling: a documentary filmmaker's fridge in 2008 is full of beer cans and condiments; four years later, it's a barer fridge, but the basic elements—wine, vermouth, and yogurt now—hold steady. A midwife's 2008 fridge is devoted to locally grown produce; four years later, the same person, now a business consultant, has a fridge chock-a-block with packaged food. The full series, on Menjivar's website
also shows one-off images—the bare shelves of a street advertiser on a $432 fixed monthly income; the freezer of a short-order cook with a snake coiled on an upper shelf. The series is strange, surprising, and startlingly intimate: I couldn't stop clicking through them. —Karen ShimizuSee all the links » Keep reading »