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   xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Oct 24 12:02 AM

Oct 24, 2010: For A Buck

Jonathan Blaustein's, "The Value of a Dollar Project", not only looked a food in terms of a dollar's worth, but the role of commercial photography in selling food.

Quote:
Iím interested in the way photography is used to deceive. Millions, if not billions of advertising dollars are spent annually photographing food and obfuscating reality. Fast food conglomerates are certainly the worst culprits, but everywhere we see glamorized versions of what we eat.


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When Jonathan Blaustein bought 10 early-season organic blueberries for $1, he was a little upset by the price tag. It wasnít the visual contrast ó one dime to one blueberry ó that perturbed him. It was the fact that six weeks earlier, he had purchased 17 organic blueberries from Chile for the same price.

ďThe blueberries from Chile were almost half the cost of the blueberries from 800 miles away,Ē said Mr. Blaustein, a cook-turned-photographer who arranged the berries in two neat rows of five and photographed them, in all of their organic goodness.
Maybe it's because Mr. Blaustein is originally from New Jersey, where you buy blueberries by the quart, not the berry.

Quote:
The photographs in this project attempt to strip back the artifice; to depict food items as they were sold, (minus packaging,) without styling, retouching, or artificial lighting. Each image represents a dollarís worth of food purchased from various markets in New Mexico. The subjects exist as equivalent amounts of commodity, and nothing more. The resulting images allow for a meditation on the power and seductive nature of the photographic medium itself.


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Gravdigr  Sunday Oct 24 05:44 AM

You can't see it, but, I'm rolling my eyes right now. Good grief.



Trilby  Sunday Oct 24 07:30 AM

ugh! that double cheeseburger looks TOXIC.

Yuk!

and the potted meat - euuuuuwwwwwww! who eats potted meat, anyway?



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Oct 24 08:32 AM

Poor folk.



casimendocina  Sunday Oct 24 09:08 AM

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Originally Posted by Brianna View Post
and the potted meat - euuuuuwwwwwww! who eats potted meat, anyway?
Potted meat is good for camping.


newtimer  Sunday Oct 24 09:51 AM

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Originally Posted by casimendocina View Post
Potted meat is good for camping.
...after eating potted meat in your tent for a few days, you'll appreciate real food and a kitchen when you get home.


xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Oct 24 10:09 AM

The best part of camping is going home.



TheDaVinciChode  Sunday Oct 24 10:51 AM

Is it wrong that the things I liked the look of, best... the things that really made my stomach demand sustenance... were the Double CheeseBurger, and Potted Meat? They look... delicious.

Closely followed by the noodles - everyone loves Ramen Noodles!

This would be an easy one to come up with a recipe for - anyone want to give it a go? (I would, but, as always... no damn time. Just had to stop what I was doing, for a moment, to post this, as people seemed to disagree with the delicious nature of those foods. Hell, I prefer that picture, of the Double CheeseBurger, to the fake one that McDonalds use. Mmmm.)



Trilby  Sunday Oct 24 11:30 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by casimendocina View Post
Potted meat is good for camping.
That's why I camp at Holiday Inn Express.


Undertoad  Sunday Oct 24 12:25 PM

The best $1 meal, then, is pork floss and beef shank shavings over saffron rice with a shaving of fenugreek, with a side of a conventional grapefruit.

Eggs on toast with home fries and baked beans. There I think that's a dollar.



jinx  Sunday Oct 24 01:03 PM

What the crap is pork floss?



Undertoad  Sunday Oct 24 01:18 PM

http://www.seriouseats.com/2007/10/h...ork-floss.html



Gravdigr  Sunday Oct 24 05:48 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by newtimer View Post
...after eating potted meat in your tent for a few days, you'll appreciate real food and a kitchen when you get home.
And a bathroom...

Quote:
Originally Posted by TheDaVinciChode View Post
...everyone loves Ramen Noodles!
No. I have to quote Russell from Fat Albert and The Gang:

Re: Ramen Noodles

"NTAA - No Taste At All." It's like the green tea of food.


jinx  Sunday Oct 24 09:39 PM

Smelt and escargo in a tomatillo sauce over saffron rice.



Flint  Sunday Oct 24 11:04 PM

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Originally Posted by jinx View Post
What the crap is pork floss?
When a ghetto booty has a thong up in between two christmas hams?


ToastyOhs  Monday Oct 25 12:06 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brianna View Post
ugh! that double cheeseburger looks TOXIC.

Yuk!

and the potted meat - euuuuuwwwwwww! who eats potted meat, anyway?
I would. I would eat that right up with a spoon.

Bruce seems to be the one who has hit upon the truth of the matter. This something that needs mentioning.

We blame the poor for their health problems, but make it impossible for them to afford healthy food. There are 182 grams of carbs in those ramen noodles. Thats enough to feed a family for a couple of meals. Now try and feed that same family 5 blueberries a meal.

Oh, and making note of the fact that he left the food out for animals makes me cranky. Just eat it already, that's the point of buying food.

OK, I will stop ranting now. Thank you for your time.


Trilby  Monday Oct 25 01:32 PM

My older son is learning just how difficult it is to eat well and healthfully on no money and little time. It's a real eye-opener for him to actually have to THINK about what he's going to eat and how and where and when (and how to pay, etc.)

I took some food up to him on Thursday - baked chicken breasts, homemade chicken salad, high protein bread (4$/loaf!) - he's learning a lot more than just math and computers up there in columbus.



jimhelm  Monday Oct 25 03:18 PM

I can get a bag of 5 (1 day old) bagels for $1 at Bread and Bagel in Cherry Hill NJ. If you toast them, you'd never know they're not fresh....

Usually lots of other day old pastry and stuff i can't eat there too.

I like to keep a meal under $3 during the week. I eat a lot of wraps with cheap lunchmeat.



Pete Zicato  Tuesday Oct 26 11:04 AM

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Originally Posted by Brianna View Post
and the potted meat - euuuuuwwwwwww! who eats potted meat, anyway?
I do. It's very easy to pass for those with Crohn's disease. It's not too bad on white bread with a little mayo and mustard.


monster  Tuesday Oct 26 11:24 AM

Double Cheeseburgers are $1.19 anyway.



Pete Zicato  Tuesday Oct 26 11:29 AM

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Originally Posted by monster View Post
Double Cheeseburgers are $1.19 anyway.
Depends on where you live. Downtown is more expensive than suburbs etc.


xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Oct 26 11:30 AM

That's what you get for going to the upscale joints. Here, 99 cents at Burger King. Apparently in New Mexico, in 2008, they were at McD's too.



BrianR  Thursday Oct 28 06:33 PM

Pete, try laying off the mustard and cutting back on the (fat) mayo.

That might make things better.

Oh, and get checked for Grave's Disease while you are at it.



capnhowdy  Sunday Oct 31 12:51 PM

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Originally Posted by newtimer View Post
...after eating potted meat in your tent for a few days, you'll appreciate real food and a kitchen when you get home.
My daddy said it was made out of lips and peckers.....


xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Oct 31 10:58 PM

Are you implying lips and peckers have no nutritional value?



capnhowdy  Monday Nov 1 07:23 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
Are you implying lips and peckers have no nutritional value?
"Man can't live on bread alone".


SPUCK  Tuesday Nov 2 06:12 AM

For a buck?



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