Jill Layton
January 01, 2015 7:33 am

Our dreams and nightmares have become a reality. Our love/hate relationship with fast food has been turned into art (love because yum, and hate because ugh). German photographer Rebecca Rütten created a series of photographs titled “Contemporary Pieces,” which explores the nutritional differences between social classes.

She explains the purpose of the photographs:

“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, 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. It’s significant that many of my subjects try to avoid fast food. In their eyes, fast food in the US is comprised of genetically modified items that are designed only for mass consumption. To them, the food becomes a non-edible object and loses its value as being considered food.”

Take a look. (Disclaimer: we can’t promise you won’t want a donut or some french fries after looking at these.)

 

Featured images copyright Rebecca Rütten

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