Alumnus Miho Aikawa’s (MPS 2010 Digital Photography) photo series “Dinner in NY” was recently featured on the Life Lift blog on Oprah Winfrey’s website. The pictures show the ways many of us dine today—in front of the television, while Skyping with distant loved ones, or while warding off a pet begging for scraps. Aikawa’s portraits offer deep insight into many aspects of our lives through our eating environments while asking viewers to consider what exactly constitutes a quality dining experience.
During research for the project, Aikawa discovered that eating as a primary activity has declined over the last 30 years, but has steadily become the backdrop for other things in life. “We now do almost 50 percent of our eating while concentrating on something else,” she wrote on her website. Life Lift writer Amy Shearn described Aikawa’s photographs as “gorgeous” and admitted that she could not stop clicking through the intimate portraits. “When you enjoy mealtimes, you’re more likely to eat better,” Aikawa wrote. “Let’s think what we can do to enhance the pleasure of the table.”
To view all of the “Dinner in NY” photos, visit Aikawa’s website.