Photo projects carrying the viewer around the globe are my favorites – same motif repeated in different contexts is adding a new piece to this puzzle called world.
Peter Menzel in his book Hungry planet travels in 24 countries to picture 30 families with their one week groceries. An insightful way to see the differences of life style and quality of life in just a simple photo. A socio-economic study in pictures.
Gabriele Galimberti makes a step further going even more in detail. For instance, within the same frame – food – an absolutely lovely project called Delicatessen with love is portraying grandmas around the world with their awesome dishes. Despite the different cuisine, ingredients, kitchens there is a same smile in every image. This looks like certainty now: grandmas are the same everywhere. (Btw, make sure you check the entire gallery – there are also recipes!)
What impressed me most is the project called Toy stories picturing children and their toys. The stories depicted here are no longer only about socio-economic status, but also about their attitudes, their “properties” as well as the hopes and dreams of the ones who give them the respective toys. The different childhoods – the various us.
But wait – how come the grandmas are everywhere the same?