Supper Snapshots is a photoblog project by two people from different backgrounds (Oxalis from Indonesia and Maarten from the Netherlands), where we both took a photo of our food every day and posted them on our blog. The project was started as an experiment: to see how our backgrounds, being raised in two different cultures yet in the same age of globalization, influenced our eating patterns. Inevitably, our backgrounds did not only influence our culinary preferences, but also our photographic styles.

In the beginning we merely documented our meals, but as time went on we explored both more gastronomic and photographic possibilities. Many of our photos involved the staging of food products in unusual contexts or omitted any sense of environment or surroundings, giving rise to the sense of a hidden food universe or an imagined food world. This free approach gives an evident playful and improvised allure to the works.

The project was first inspired by a project Oxalis found in photojojo, about a collaborative photoblog where two best friends took photos and put them side by side every day. Some nice examples of this project were done by Nina Barry and Josh Shayne in their blog called the Minty Forest, and Rajit and Spatialk at Don’t Wiggle.

Supper Snapshots lasted for two years, from October 2009 to October 2011, resulting in 1,468 photos. The left photo is always by Maarten, and the one on the right by Oxalis.

A couple of selections from the collection has been displayed in several exhibitions, including in Common Room (Bandung), TEDxITT (Bandung), That's Life Coffee (Jakarta), C2O Library (Surabaya), and Mangsi Coffee (Bali).

maarten likes: peanut butter, lentils, rendang, soto ayam, fried onions, kremesan, and some more other indonesian food.
oxalis likes: fried egg, scrambled egg, omelette, bacon and egg, buttery rice with egg, martabak with two eggs, and some non-egg-related food.

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