Quarantine – Food from a pandemic

Quarantine – Food from a pandemic

By Elena Bruess – May 2020

For the past few weeks I have been taking photographs of changing food habits, cooking, areas of trash and places that remind me of all three. I wanted to capture food through a colder city setting and kinder home settings – food seen through windows, shuttered restaurants, urban gardens and alley dumpsters. The images found right near my doorstep seemed to highlight either distance or fantasy.

The only image that was taken inside shows CLOROX wipes, which now gives me the feeling of fear and of waste. The rest I took while walking through my neighborhood, especially during quieter times and dimmer days. Montrose Avenue, the main street closest to my apartment, is often alarmingly empty of people now.

These photos both comfort me and leave me feeling closed off. It’s like when I smell my neighbor’s cooking. I am consistently reminded that we are all very near to each other. But, in reality, we are far away, behind brick walls and mirrored windows.

Dollop Café sits empty on Montrose Avenue.
Cooking from the outside in.
Ordered bulk packaging in the recycling.
Cara Larson holds up her bread starter. She’s been baking homemade bread recently.
Free cans.
CLOROX wipes.
Burger trash.
Pick-up order.
Coffee.
Community garden.

Photo at top: Burger trash.


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