This is where my advocacy and my concept photography first met. At the time I had just finished a human rights course at OISE/UofT. I had been given the opportunity to collaborate with The Stop Community Food Centre and the University of Toronto's Hart House who featured a series of photographs I had taken for Hungry for Change: What Toronto Eats. As always I needed to up the ante. I needed to add more depth to the dialogue that accompanied the exhibit.
In order to broaden the scope of the discussion I created a three piece panel set titled Food Security. The two outside pieces (one spray painted white, the other black) contained six photo's each. The center piece contained a coating of grey spray paint and a chain with lock attached.
You may be asking yourself why apples? Well I was raised on an apple orchard. There were literally apple trees in my front yard, and my back yard. For the first thirteen years of my life I had a front row seat to the agricultural industry. On occasion, I could be found, with my younger brother David, redistributing some of the crop to the cows in the pasture next door.
Currently, I am impressed that one school has included the original Hungry for Change: What Toronto Eats exhibit in their curriculum. I would really love to see a similar treatment for my stand alone globally focussed Food Security triptych.