What Does Your Fridge Say About You?


Photographs by Mark Menjivar

Until recently, I was sharing a kitchen with three other girls in a far away city. Despite any stereotype to the contrary, our kitchen—and especially our fridge—was a mess. Bags of fresh grapes were placed on the top shelf and plates of unfinished food were shoved in uncovered. It got to the point were I wouldn't even be able to hold the door open long enough to get out some juice, much less take a picture of the contents.

But photographer Mark Menjivar was able to do just that in kitchens across the country. In a series called "You Are What You Eat," viewable at GOOD and markmenjivar.com, he photographed the contents of refrigerators, from overflowing to bare. He leaves the owners in relative anonymity by only sharing small details about each one, allowing the imagination to wander. Why does the short order cook have a snake in her fridge? What is hidden in the white Styrofoam take-out boxes in the bartender's fridge? We'll never know for sure.

What does your fridge say about you?