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Old 10-24-2010, 12:02 AM   #1
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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.

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I’m 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 wasn’t the visual contrast — one dime to one blueberry — that perturbed him. It was the fact that six weeks earlier, he had purchased 17 organic blueberries from Chile for the same price.

“The blueberries from Chile were almost half the cost of the blueberries from 800 miles away,” 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.

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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 dollar’s 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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Old 10-24-2010, 05:44 AM   #2
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You can't see it, but, I'm rolling my eyes right now. Good grief.
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Old 10-24-2010, 07:30 AM   #3
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ugh! that double cheeseburger looks TOXIC.

Yuk!

and the potted meat - euuuuuwwwwwww! who eats potted meat, anyway?
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Old 10-24-2010, 08:32 AM   #4
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Poor folk.
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Old 10-24-2010, 09:08 AM   #5
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and the potted meat - euuuuuwwwwwww! who eats potted meat, anyway?
Potted meat is good for camping.
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Old 10-24-2010, 09:51 AM   #6
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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.
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Old 10-24-2010, 10:09 AM   #7
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Old 10-24-2010, 10:51 AM   #8
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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.)
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Potted meat is good for camping.
That's why I camp at Holiday Inn Express.
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Old 10-24-2010, 12:25 PM   #10
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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.
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Old 10-24-2010, 01:03 PM   #11
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What the crap is pork floss?
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http://www.seriouseats.com/2007/10/h...ork-floss.html
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...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...

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...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.
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Smelt and escargo in a tomatillo sauce over saffron rice.
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What the crap is pork floss?
When a ghetto booty has a thong up in between two christmas hams?
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