"boneless pork chop"



The Ultimate Food Shoot Challenge:


The idea is simple, take one of the gray and eerie government meal packets (we found a surprisingly wide variety on ebay) unpack it, arrange it, light it and shoot it to look as scrumptious as it could ever hope to be. As you can see above, in the right hands, this can be done with remarkable grace.


Oh, and there should always be a "before" photograph, of just the gray case.


The work is a metaphor for wringing beauty out of tragedy and finding rays of hope amid grim misfortune.


We are planning to put the photographs into a 2007 calendar. Money raised would go to help in the continued aid in rebuilding the region devastated by

hurricane Katrina.


If you would like to participate, please contact govtfood@yahoo.com We will arrange for you to receive your Government Meal Packet.


The deadline for signing up is April 15. Or until we run out of food packets to hand out, whichever comes first.


The deadline for photography is June 15.


This is for wide distribution. Obviously, please forward especially to any photographers you think might be interested in participating. (They don't have to be food photographers but please remember the idea is to make the meal look delicious.)


Also: the money raised by the 2007 Calendar will go to an organization dedicated to disaster relief (we are currently seeking the appropriate partner, if you have any ideas, let us know.)


From the people who brought you "Make Levees, Not War"

  • Government Food 9y

    "Boneless Pork Chop"

    art director: William van Roden
    prop stylist: Scot Schy
    food stylist: Pam Morris
    digital photography: Manuel Rodriguez
  • Christopher Carfi 9y

    what the heck are the little white tablets to the right of the plate?
  • Ben Dummett 9y

  • Christy Kilgore 9y

    wow! i am amazed.
  • Kathya 9y

    Oh, this is super interesting!!
  • cinnamon anemone 9y

    i want to cry.

    a good supplementary would be at least one image of all the subcomponents in their equally gray, and equally disturbing packages.

    oh...and don't forget the cities that each weird item is made in.
    strawberry smoothie, brooklyn, new york (real item).

    WHITE TABLETS: chicklets... i heard that the soldiers are supposed to swallow them after the chew to...ahem.... help things move along.
    this food is VERY dense. i wouldn't be surprised.

    i know people that "will work for MREs" no joke. cases and cases of this stuff.

    the more i look at this. the more i like the 1:1 relationship of the images.
  • jackie_d302 9y

    You might be able to find these at a hunting supplies or camping store. Maybe Academy has them too? Dad acutally buys these for his " hunting trips" ( no worries he just shoots cans, and basically is like a little boy with a red rider b-b gun"
  • Pwrjunky 9y

    After recently signing up with the US. Army, I was given a few of these MRE's. I found that some of them are actually quite good. My first one was Meal #6, Chicken in Thai sauce. Included was the following:
    1 packet of chicken in thai sauce
    1 packet of rice pilaf (didn't taste real good)
    1 packet of crackers
    1 packet of peanut butter (used on the crackers to make them edible)
    1 packet of French vanilla cappuccino (very good)
    two "chicklets" white gum
    tiny bottle of Tabasco sauce
    toilet paper
    trail mix (nuts & rasins)
    heater pack, works excellent
    I'm probably forgetting some stuff; it seems like there was a lot in there.

    From what I understand, these are not the same as they once were. I guess if you can tolerate some stuff, these are quite good.
  • Alex Cockroach 9y

    I'd participate, but I'm saving all of my MREs for the upcoming hurricane season ;)
  • Larissa Brown 9y

    Hi there, I know it's way late. But if you have more I'd love to participate.
  • Ismail Elshareef 8y

    Looks orgasmic!
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Taken on February 20, 2006
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