What Families East in “Hungry Planet: What the World Peter Menzel and Faith D'Alusio

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Peter Menzel and Faith D’Alusio conducted a photographic study of what families around the world eat during the course of one week. They then compiled their work into a book called “Hungry Planet: What the World Eats.” Included are photographs of 30 families from 24 different countries. This photograph allows the viewer to witness the immense differences and surprising similarities in diets around the globe. The photos are beautiful, but it is the questions brought about by the staggering comparisons that make these visuals so provocative. Each photograph contains one week’s worth of food, and the cost spent on that food. One of the families that Peter Menzel chose to photograph was the Patkar family of Ujjain, India. India has a…show more content…
Immediately, one notices the vibrancy of the food. There is an immense amount of color splayed throughout the entire collection of food. On the table there are certain pockets where there is a small amount of similar colors, such as the plate filled with their usual breakfast of Sangeeta Patkar’s Poha or otherwise known as Rice Cakes. However, most of the color can be seen displayed on the front bench. Here there are a large amount of fresh fruits, vegetables and spices assembled. Spices are a huge part of Indian cuisine, and the viewer can easily tell from the presentation of the spices in this photograph. The immense mounds of spices are located in reusable jars, all of which are illuminated by the surrounding border of fresh okra. Peter Menzel uses the technique of proximity to attract the reader’s attention to the bench full of fresh foods before anything else in the photograph. Therefore, there is an obvious importance of these foods in the lives of the Patkar family.
The beautiful gradient created by the cascade of red tomatoes, the lush green okras framing the chromatic medley of spices, and above all else there is the lush and profoundly green watermelon rind sliced open with its astonishingly vibrant red center all provide exquisite contrast that is almost shocking to the viewer. According the textbook, by bordering the purple of the onions by the green from the cucumbers, the author gives a “bold and vivid effect” (Roen, p. 525). The author uses this
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