The Time website exhibits a series of 15 photographs from the book ‘Hungry Planet. What the world eats’ (Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio, 2005). Watch it by clicking the photograph below.
These are photographs of families, all around the world, posing together with all what they are usually eating in the course of one week. Sometimes an extra-wide lens was required, sometimes the viewer’s imagination is needed.
The work provides few extra details, from the weekly cost to favourite tastes, and invites many personal interpretations and questions about humanity as a whole and the differences within. I’d be careful, though, about making any quick judgements and generalisations.
Actually, what exactly does it mean that a family in Chad spends $1.23 per week for food, another one in Ecuador $31.55 and one in Germany $500.07? Certainly, not all families from the same country share a similar weekly bill, and although some photos appear strikingly more empty compared with others, is it my impression that some smiles are also more captivating? How tasty really are some of those good-looking fruits seen in western tables? And do these consumers ever question why the aroma of fine food masks so well the highly exploited labour of workers and producers in developing countries…
And the ultimate question: how many of us question whether the others’ hunger is the consequence of us continuing to give subsidies to our own home food-producers?