Food Phobias

I am interested in engaging with the history of photography through my work and in finding new ways of using antique and contemporary processes to explore aspects of my own personal and cultural history. Food Phobias looks to a broad American cultural phenomenon and the personal experience of it.  Our news is riddled with periodic reports on dangers lurking within every corner of our diet.   At a recent family reunion, one cousin avoided carbs because she was dieting, one uncle refused to drink milk that was not organic, and my sister-in-law was chastened for eating swordfish because she was pregnant.  Meanwhile, my mother called to say that one of her cats seemed ill—perhaps her pet had been the victim of the pet food poisoning epidemic.  As urgent as these scares seem at the time, they are often trendy and short-lived.  In Food Phobias, I make connections between historical and contemporary hysterias through the use of the historical process of the daguerreotype.  The size of the cased image, as well as its mirror surface, creates an intimate viewing experience, reflecting the way that fear can manifest itself in ways both very public and very private.

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All images ©Rebecca Foley (images from top; Pullusroseaphobia, Purinatoxiphobia, Mercuriopisciophobia, Koolicaphobia, Nuxaphobia, Pesticidophobia, Spinaciacoliphobia, Bovine Spongiform Encephalophobia, Monsantophobia)