G: Are there any particular meals that spoke to you?
JR: I tried to research why each prisoner chose what they did, but only discovered why the single olive was chosen. This olive was un-pitted, and the thinking behind it was that the inmate thought that after being executed and buried, an olive tree—a symbol of peace—would grow from him. It was indeed a very profound thought or idea, but an olive tree has not yet been found on his grave.
I wanted to get the viewer to think, or have an opinion. I'd like to think that the photographs make them think, what thought that is, I am not sure, as I myself had more thoughts the more I looked at them.
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I must say I didn't really think about what these foods meant to certain people or what they represented in the photographs. [!]
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I work in an advertising agency as a creative. It allows me to convey messages to people, make them think, or form an opinion on something
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