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Leo Espinosa
The Things We Eat
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A couple of different editorial projects I did this past month happened to be about food. However the first one for The New Yorker was a unique aspect of the topic: It was a story about eating animals that the majority of us consider unethical to eat and the restaurants that serve such dishes. The list included whales, live lobsters, horses and even lions in some parts of the world. The kind of thing that makes you nauseous and leaves you wondering, what makes it alright to eat cows instead?
Picture above, a section of the final piece.
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A big part of the story described an operation to expose a restaurant in Los Angeles that used to serve illegal whale and horse meat to satisfy certain palates. This is the actual restaurant. It was located next to an old airport that I imagine was the door to the contraband. Not eery at all.
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Another idea was a little more literal. I kind of wanted to draw a big pool of blood and maybe some flesh to shock the audience even more.
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One thing I thought was the most twisted about these extreme foodies, was the pleasure of seeing the animal dying as part of their feast. Maybe not whales but lobsters and crabs. So here's this rich couple paying a hefty amount for their super fresh meal. Pass the lettuce, please.
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And this is the idea that moved to final. It included a hint of some of the animals mentioned in the story. The whale didn't fit in the bowl, but this happy customer kind of makes up for it.
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Here's the iPad version of the opener. It ran full page in the magazine this week.
It's a well written piece and even though it got me a tad queezy, I do recommend it. READ HERE
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The second project was some sort of an interview for the Italian illustration magazine Nurant. The theme for this issue was food fobias. One of them was intolerance to specific noises like the slurping some people make when drinking hot beverages.
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Rejecting a member of a community for changing food choices is another fobia. Who knew?
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And for the third spread I decided to interprete a more common fobia: Foreign eating habits.

Nurant is a really lovely publication. Its digital version can be seen HERE
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