The photos in this gallery—a series of images by photographer Mark Menjivar of the interiors of refrigerators in homes across the US—are simultaneously impersonal (the photos depict still lifes, with the only implied human presence being the hands that arranged them) and incredibly intimate (the shot of the fridge containing an open Pepsi bottle filled with water, some miscellaneous bread products, and an unmarked paper bag—belonging to a botanist who "feels more comfortable among flora and fauna ... than people"—just kills me. There are a thousand stories in every refrigerator—of late nights (the San Antonio bartender who goes to sleep every night at 8 am and subsists on food from Styrofoam cartons), family life (the San Angelo, TX construction worker whose wife gets up every day at 4 am to feed their family, whose fridge is crammed with jalapenos and potatoes), and of seeming loneliness (a San Antonio "street advertiser" who lives on $432 a month and whose refrigerator contains a black plastic convenience-store bag and a jar of mayonnaise). A few of my favorites:

Carpenter/Photographer | San Antonio, TX | 3-Person Household | 12-Point Buck

801e/1242951276-fridge2.jpgDisabled | Marathon,TX | 2-Person Household | Weighed 390lbs earlier this year.

8c31/1242951343-fridge3.jpgShort Order Cook | Marathon,TX | 2-Person Household | She can bench press over 300lbs. |

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