Manifesting an MRE

Tuesday, June 6, 2006

Thanks to the great inspiration around me, I finally got my MRE entry out the door.

Being a military brat (Air Force) I grew up with the occasional MRE hanging out in our VW. My brothers and I would poke it and giggle at the thought of a whole meal being contained in the mysterious dark plastic container. When the poor thing puffed itself up we laughed as Mom finally removed it as an emergency ration possibility, while muttering about botulism.

Twenty years later and my youngest brother is finding himself stationed in the Middle East, bringing home the realization that sometimes, MREs face an actuality of being used.

Beef Ravioli Raviolis

This photography project was in response to a challenge thrown out to make an MRE look enticing and to raise funds for Katrina rebuilding aid.

from the government food folks:
“The work is a metaphor for wringing beauty out of tragedy, finding rays of hope amid grim misfortune, and simply proving that we can do things better than the Bush administration can.

We are planning to put the photographs into a 2007 calendar. Money raised would go to help in the continued aid in rebuilding the region devastated by
hurricane Katrina.”

7 Comments

posted June 7th, 2006 at 3:14 am

Hi
posting gives a new awareness.very nice idea of raising funds other than redcross society.Hope you would have time to my email that I have sent to you.
Hope to get positive response…

posted June 7th, 2006 at 4:22 am

Great piece! Now, did you actually try any of this?

posted June 7th, 2006 at 4:37 am

Interesting contest. Thanks for posting the link to the Flickr group. After looking over the other entries, I’m liking yours the best.

I linked you over on my site in a forum posting…hope you don’t mind:

http://www.mreinfo.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=4085

- Kman
posted June 8th, 2006 at 1:11 pm

McAuliflower- Had I heard about this earlier I would have liked to have been involved. I like the “beverage of grape essence”- very inspired, that sold me!

posted June 14th, 2006 at 4:48 pm

I love this idea – and the cause, of course. This photo is wonderful! Mmmm, I think I’m getting hungry…

posted June 23rd, 2006 at 9:55 pm

The only thing in the world that lasts longer than MREs is Hardtack. He’s lucky they aren’t serving the leftovers from the Civil War still. I think they ran out when I was in the Navy in 1979. Of course I could be wrong. There might still be a bit hanging around in case of emergency.

  • :D

    –McAuliflower
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