name is Christopher Jennings and I am an artist living and working
in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On New Years Eve 2002, while attending a Flaming Lips concert in
Chicago, I was struck with the bizarre notion of taking a picture
of everything I would eat in 2003 starting that evening at midnight.
It wasn't immediately clear why this concept interested me, but
after a few weeks it started to come together as an interesting
self-portrait piece. So armed with a digital camera I moved forward
under the pretense that if you are what you eat, then this is who
I thought that by laying my diet bare on the internet for all to
see might somehow influence my dietary choices, perhaps for the
better. Not so. If anything my diet was the worst it has been in
a good many years. The only way I was able to maintain my weight
was by near constant running and light weight lifting.
As time marched on I became aware of how much more information these
photos and logged entries contained. It became a history of my travels,
the people I was with and where I was at in certain points of my
life. For most people the smiley face cookie I ate on July 7th is
probably just a bit silly. For me it was a cheap pick-me-up after
having hours earlier gone through the painful process of breaking
up with my girlfriend.
So here I am 2,154 photos later...
I will be posting more thoughts and explanations regarding this
project as I focus them into more clear and articulate ideas. I
will be working on various summaries of the most commonly eaten
items, various locations food was consumed, etc. There also will
be a limited edition book that will function as both an art piece
and an annual report of sorts (available soon).
If you have any specific questions or comments regarding this project
please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also find more information about myself and my art at my
primary website: www.seejennings.com
Thank you for your interest and Bon