Photoessay hopes to inspire healthier habits through the exploration of people’s relationship with food.
Photojournalist duo Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio’s latest masterpiece showcases individuals’ food consumption around the world. Their newest book, What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets, follows in line with their other publications that explore and present global culture by comparing a single aspect of people’s lives.
This latest work uses engaging visuals and text to show what eighty people in thirty different countries eat on an average day. The profiles run the gamut, ranging from an Egyptian camel broker, a Yemeni housewife, American model, a Chinese acrobat, and a wounded Iraq veteran. Each photoessay contains an image of the subject surrounded by the food he or she eats, along with detailed caloric information and a narrative about that person’s daily life.
The work highlights both the similarities and startling differences in food consumption around the world. The voyeuristic imagery and accompanying details about the subject’s habits and lifestyle prompt contemplation about how we live and our relationship with food. As Menzel reported to Wired, the idea was to “learn from other people the good the bad and the ugly, use rational thought and the idea of eclecticism, and figure out what other people are doing that makes sense and maybe fix some of our own habits — especially the bad habits.”