A collection now in print of ‘What Kids Eat Around the World’
Critically acclaimed photographer Gregg Segal’s Daily Bread project is now available in book format and on seeing it again reminded me what an interesting and timely piece of work it is.
Taking children from across the globe, Gregg asked them to journal what they ate in a week and then photographed them with said week’s worth of food. It makes for a visually stunning body of work and most of all, an interesting look into what children all over the world are consuming.
*Gregg sites his drive for the project as, ‘I’ve been encouraged to find regions and communities where slow food will never be displaced by junk food, where home cooked meals are the bedrock of family and culture, where love and pride are sensed in the aromas of broths, stews and curries.’
With the obesity crisis becoming more and more prevalent in Western society, a focus on food education from an early age seems to be the most logical and necessary step. What Segal’s work has found isn’t surprising. Children in the US, for example, have a high quantity of their food intake as processed food compared to a child in a typically poor area of India. What is noticeable is what food is consumed by the children living closer to or on the poverty line. Fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts etc. are the mainstay of their meals, exposing a trend that sees children with less money and social mobility eating what we would consider a much more balanced diet than those who do.
Segal highlights an interesting observation around how processed food items have become symbols of higher status, over what food our planet grows itself. Shining a light on society’s glamorisation of, and aspirational association with, typically unnatural, unhealthy foods in overly indulgent portion sizes.
It’s a truly interesting collection of stunning photography and really fascinating and thought-provoking look at what our next generation of adults are ‘growing up’ on. Take a look!
*All images and info have been referenced from Gregg Segal’s site available to view here: http://bit.ly/DailyBreadGreggSegal
Daily Bread book in print is widely available nationwide now. https://amzn.to/2L4vNiG