What I ate today (#wiat) is a fun art project I started in February 2012. The idea was to record everything I ate, keeping it loose and using simple tags and descriptions to capture food over a whole year through instagram.
Those who know me have had to wait patiently during that year while I'd take a photo, choose a filter, publish my photo and tag it - all before tucking into the food before me.
Throughout this project I realised just how robotic we've become as a society – a faceless cog in the 9-5 workforce machine. It made me think we've slowly started to loose our connection with what it means to be human - to be free, creative, and playful.
The 9-5 robot
As you can imagine I've heard all the comments, "Why don't you take a photo of what comes out the other end too?" Oh how I laughed. And having to explain the project every time I ate with new people. But I didn't let that deter me, for I could see the end result of the project in sight.
During this time I was able to reflect on life at home. Time is so precious and spending it thinking about what you want from life, seems to work better during long periods of procrastination. In this era, we are rushed off our feet from one thing to another, it's all about production, and not enough about contemplating and enjoying life.
Back to 9-5 robot
As time went on the whole thing became about more than just stats, I actually learnt a lot about myself too and how I use food as an escapism from the daily struggle of life.
You can see the reflective glow of those dull office lights in every cup of tea. It served as a function to allow myself to get from one point of the day to the next - tea, work, tea, work…
The Vegetarian Transition
Recording my meals gave me a huge amount of insight into the things I ate on a regular basis. The pictures created a map of my eating habits, and I started to question them. I didn't want to eat things I felt hurt other living beings and from the 1st of October I chose to become a vegetarian. This was the first of many conscious decisions to come.
I hope you enjoyed following my journey on instagram and on the site (which is finally here now). This project made me realise, that sometimes you'll never know what you'll get out of something until you actually follow it through. I also hope it made you think about gaining insight into what you put into your body on a daily basis.