For the last few months, I’ve been working on a new project. It’s nothing new, but it’s somewhat of a diversion from my usual work. The work is titled feasted and at it’s basic level can be described as a food diary.
Here’s some current musings on the project, along with an explanation as to why I’m photographing literally everything I eat:
“I love food, but occasionally it doesn’t love me.
Food has always been a central part of my life. I live to eat. I don’t eat to live. But after experiencing several dietary problems in 2007, it was suggested to me by my doctor, that I keep a food diary.
I was told I should log all the food I ate and the times I ate them, all in an attempt to discover which particular food or food group was causing the issue.
My issues yo-yo’d and when I was feeling good I saw no reason to turn to the diary. It quickly became tedious, occasionally I’d cut certain items out of my diet, but it made little to no difference, and they inevitably worked their way back in desire overtook.
My issues continued a while after, but for years I did nothing about them. Looking back now, I think I believed it was easier to live with them, and think of it as just who I was.
So despite the potential positive outcomes of the food diary, I lacked any sort of inspiration to continue with it. So it was forgotten about. That is, until now.
It’s 2011, and I’m no clearer to understanding the cause of the problems. And with this in mind I’ve decided to infuse the tedious food diary with something that does keep my interest.
Feasted is a photographic exploration of the simplest terms, and while at times it may hint to my tastes and life style, its sole aim is for me to discover the root of my dietary issues.
The only reason I have chosen to share this with an audience is to add pressure to myself to complete a whole year of it and possibly stop me eating so much crap, though the jury is still out on the latter.”