I went out and collected some recipe cards, I know supermarkets have started offering them recently. Mostly they can be found at the entrances to their stores – some have them near certain products to help customers see what they can do with the food they’re buying. In Leeds I had the most luck in Sainsbury’s in town, couldn’t find any in Morrisions (also in town) or the Tesco Express opposite Leeds University – very popular with students due to its location.
I thought it would be a simple and interesting experiment to capture what went on in my student kitchen. I was made aware of this camera and firmware that the university photography studio have that can be set up to capture time lapse photography. I was please about this because I had previously discounted this form of photography because I myself didn’t have the technology to do it.
Having been dissatisfied with my images of food and after a crit I researched some food magazines and other food imagery for ideas and inspiration to see how the images were taken.
On Sunday night I set about ordering takeaways so that I could photograph the meals to create my comparison images. It also was an opportunity to get some information about how long it takes for a takeaway to arrive and therefore help me get an idea for my race. I took 4 of the most popular 8 takeaway cuisines on the popular ordering site Just-Eat, which advertises in prime time slots like between X-Factor on Saturdays and Sundays and ordered a meal from three different takeaways all with in a mile radius of my house. Sunday nights being one of the busiest of the week.
First to arrive was the burger and pizza ordered from MahMoods.
Delivery time: 23mins
Cost: £3.89 for burger meal, £5.79 for pizza.
In making and watching the stop-motion with the contents of our recycling bin, it was very obvious to me that the majority of it was made up by take away containers and boxes. I then began noticing the array of different eating habits people had in my house. These spanned from preparing and cooking each meal, to ordering takeaways and eating microwave meals everyday of the week. Investigating why this might be I learnt that one of my house mates has very little cooking skills or knowledge. This contrasts with my own attitude to being in the kitchen, I really enjoy cooking and as a child took part in cooking lessons and then later studied Food Technology at GCSE.
Having struggled with what my online research was turning up. I began looking closer to home for inspiration. Recently I implemented recycling into my new student house – I was surprised at how quickly the bin filled up, even after we were recycling, both were still filled to the brim within a matter of days. Waste is the forgotten consequence of food, chosen to be unseen. The way we see waste is integral to the way society deals with it. I feel there is an element of the idea of recycling to reduce environmental impact falling on deaf ears, the movement started in the 1960s – at the same time as the universal symbol for recycling being designed by Gary Anderson – and we’re still going on about it. Our habits still need to change. There is a lot of buzz about food wastage as well at the moment. More than half the 7 million tonnes of food waste we in the UK throw away each year could have been eaten and amount of food thrown away costs the average family, with children, £60 a month.