We’ve all heard the complaints: They’re not fresh enough, they’re unappetizing, the selection is small, they’re too hot or too cold.
School lunches have been the target of complaints for a long time at Chicago Public Schools and other districts. And we’ve seen pictures of some terrible food over the years.
They took the age-old grip and added a twist: Let’s take crappy meals and turn them into beautiful photos rather than the cellphone snapshots we usually see.
“From an artistic standpoint, we kind of want to trick the viewer with that happy look,” William Hendrickson, a teacher at Phillips, told me. “Because when they keep looking and notice that lunch is just a hot dog and cucumber slices, it’s a little different than if it was a poorly lit cell phone picture.”
Some of the photos are plain sad once you get past the bright colors and high definition. The food doesn’t look great and there’s not much of it. Others aren’t so bad. And one of the students who worked on the project, Neenah Brown, said the photos in some cases mask the problems, comparing them to fast food commercials that look infinitely better than reality.
Until next week,
Nader Issa, Sun-Times education reporter
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