For quite some time, I’ve thought about this expression, and how it applies so well to the choices that we make when it comes to politics.
Every two years, a campaign season arrives, and we offer our attention, and sometimes our money, to support the efforts of strangers who promise to do our bidding and improve our lives. With each vote of confidence comes the burden of responsibility, as decisions made on our behalf may be more (or less) than we bargained for.
Feast for Bush, spawned from the quote, “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job”, was my first foray into food and politics. Edible Government, which followed, is an ongoing consideration of figures, policies, and events as culinary offerings.

Inspired by bread’s historic role as an essential part of life, the American Bread series pays homage to citizens whose lives are directly impacted by government policies. Up first, portraits of soldiers who carry excessive burdens, and a young man in Florida walking home at night.
Other topics which captured my interest include the Tea Party, whose status continues to threaten otherwise conservative candidates, and Vladimir Putin whose status continues to threaten Ukraine. Then there’s science, whose validity is consistently challenged by lawmakers on science committees.
For lighter fare, we have Bridgegate. This story of multiple state officials caught up in a curious and mostly deplorable scenario kept me occupied for the duration of the polar vortex.
All work created and photographed from November 2013- April 2014. EDIBLE PRESS >