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German photographer Rebecca Rütten recreated Renaissance portraits and still lifes using her friends and an assortment of fast food for an awesome series entitled Contemporary Pieces. The images are as humorous as they are poignant social commentary.

“During the conception of “Contemporary Pieces, “I became enamored with the eroticism, presentation and charisma of paintings from the Renaissance Period. In the Late Renaissance, Italian and Dutch painters dealt with the middle and lower classes. In my opinion, Fast Food Culture represents these two social classes in the United States today. To eat healthy is expensive. However, one can buy large amounts of food at a fast food restaurant for a comparatively low price.”

Click here to view the entire series.

To check out more of Rebecca Rütten’s work, visit her website, Instagram page, and follow here right here on Tumblr at beckyfuchs.

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One of the big things I’ve seen reblogged on tumblr and emailed about in the past week were the burgers of the fat and furious project. The website itself is a simple tumblr blog, but the photos are absolutely spectacular. I’ve never seen anything quite as creative as these imaginary burgers. Perhaps some burger joints may take note and introduce a bit of creativity into how the burger is made. Check them out by giving a click right here.

 

“commercialization of the whole world…will turn out rather to have been the anesthetization of the whole world — its cosmopolitan spectacularization, its transformation into images, its semiological organization.”

-French postmodernist theorist Jean Baudrillard

Vegan Travel Fatigue

Finally arrived in Santa Barbara last night…cool blue evening, fresh air, light on the waters and found a peaceful place to sleep. Hungry for real food…ate apple, orange, walnuts raisins from my back pack then went to UCSB for a talk by Alice Waters on the “Delicious Revolution.” She identified several values that have and continue to permeate our culture in the USA….she calls them “fast food values” because she feels they entered our culture through the doorway of fast food. The values that concern her most are as follows:
Uniformity
Efficiency
Availability
Cheapness
work as drudgery
More is better
Fluctuating terminology
Shifting standards
Dishonesty

She proposes a move to slow food culture via revitalizing the school curriculum and infusing it with a food curriculum that is fully integrated into every subject and grade level. Details can be found at the edible school yard.

While I think this is interesting, I don’t think it can happen if we only focus on kids. We need to extend this to families and into work culture….it won’t work to have kids living one culture in the schools and a different one at home.
More on this later….

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Tom Hunter’s Hotdog Hustle may be the greatest action film ever starring a hotdog.

The Story Behind BUILD

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word “Italy”? Is it the country, situated just below France and Austria? Or is it the salty scent of a sea breeze, blowing in from the Mediterranean? Or you might think of the sights, the Amalfi Coast, Lake Como, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or of its people, or even of the country’s nude beaches (hey, to each his own). Or, if you’re like me, you think of Italian food, more specifically, pizza.

Okay, I have something to admit. I actually had to google all of those other facts about Italy because the only thing I could really think of was pizza. I love pizza. It doesn’t need to be fancy, or expensive, or have all these hard-to-pronounce addendums. Just give me a hot slice of pepperoni any day and I’m happy. 

And that’s the essence of BUILD and why it appeals to everyone, from undiscriminating pizza fanatics like me to hardcore foodies that correct you when you say “crepe” wrong (I speak from personal experience). You can create your own pizza, that pleases your tastebuds and makes you happy. 

David and Lisa, the minds behind BUILD, were inspired by their extensive travels to Italy. They spent a lot of time in Rome and quickly acclimated to the Roman-style of eating, which is simple, locally-sourced, and very fresh. And they wanted to bring that philosophy of fresh, healthy, good food back to the US and combine it with the idea of being able to eat whatever you want.

It’s this same sense of simplicity, wholesomeness, and plain fun that characterizes the atmosphere of Build as well. In Italy, there is very much a sense of living to eat and not eating to live and in the quick-service, fast food culture that pervades the US, that pure enjoyment of good food and good company is lost. With BUILD, David and Lisa seek to transport you to a place where you can forget time and the stress of everyday life, where you can just sit down with your friends and family and feel at home.

Maybe it’s too much to hope that one pizzeria could remind us to slow down and take life as it comes, but at the very least BUILD is a sanctuary, a place where we can let go and be happy.

The Horror!

I just watched Food Inc (a documentary about some of the grim realities of food production). Totally disgusted. I realise it’s pretty one sided but still - it gets to the point! I wonder how comparable America is to the UK?

Kind of sad to think that the quality of life of an animal rests in your food budget. Life is odd

I only get take away probably twice a year if that and never drink ‘soda’ unless I’m on a night out. I see people on tumblr post that they are cutting down eating out to once a week and that shocks me :o how do you afford it???? Not saying people in the UK don’t have their bad habits ;)

What do you make of this fast food culture and it’s repercussions?