Chosen Question: “What role has food played in your childhood and how do you feel it brings people together?”
Video: What Does Food mean to you and how is ‘eating fresh’ important?
Food can hold meaning for various types of people. Whether you’re someone who has a passion for it or simply loves to enjoy various cuisines. Food certainly has the ability to transform one’s senses. It is something, which can bring those from different cultures, backgrounds, faiths and ethnicities together. It truly is universal, allowing us to experience various ingredients from particular places, indulging our taste buds in each discovery and even giving us the freedom of savouring each mouthful whether that’s abroad or even in the comfort of our own home.
As for our experiences with food, it’s those that have been embedded into our memory from a young age. For example, it may be reminiscing about our mothers cooking or even remembering our first encounter with our favourite dish, to an ingredient that we just couldn’t get to like no matter how hard we pushed ourselves to like it. It’s really here that we begin our food journey, by carving childhood memories with it and growing our palette from their own. Further remembering particular places and even people that we may have had the food with or even found the food (within that place). Thus showing to us the power of memory and food, alongside our distinctive taste buds remembering and cherishing each encounter over and over again.
Touching on childhood memories felt vital, in order for me to understand this vast connection with food. Further relying on visuals and sounds to highlight the subject matter. Whilst also opting for direct narration, leading the visuals along and making them more three-dimensional. Whilst the use of free-flowing narration helps the overall story unfold, letting the audience in on the subject itself and coming to terms with the overall relationship that food can carry alongside childhood memories, and how impactful they can be.
My first childhood memory of food was when I tried Fish and Chips for the first time, I remember really liking the fish as I kept pointing to it, but also enjoying the chips equally. – Anonymous
One of my favourite childhood dishes would be ribs, as I loved the succulent sauce and the tenderness of the meat.- Sam R.
For me, I loved petits filous yoghurts as they made me really happy. My favourite flavour was strawberry.- Amar
I remember staying in my seat even after I had finished eating, as I would always want to try what my parents would be eating.- Me
Upon reading the following blogs (attached below) I managed to gain a greater understanding regarding the full relationship between food and childhood memories. Further exploring people’s own experiences with it and some interesting facts regarding the psychology behind all. My research (whilst using blogs) has also shown me how food can leave a lasting impression on an individual’s mind, whilst helping them cope with various situations and events and also shaping the way they cook themselves. Thus ranging from the ingredients they use to what recipes they end up cooking for either themselves or their family etc.
- http://www.newcoventgardenmarket.com/users/passionate-about-food 
- https://www.savour-magazine.co.uk/2016/07/26/passionate-about-provenance/ 
As for the narrative, the below links aided my understanding in visualising the narrative of my own video in different forms. Further allowing me to explore the importance of changing up narratives and also relying on different mediums to convey the messages of the story itself.
According to newscientist (link attached above) narratives, 2.0 have emerged in recent years. Considering that narrative structures are no longer to linear heroes and villains. They are instead focused on the actual medium the media artefact is conveyed in. Examining digital structures shows us different types of narratives, for example, storytelling 2.0, online role-playing games amongst other forms. Taking into account my own artefact, within the planning process web 2.0 narratives interested me. As I originally thought about exploring a story between two chefs and understanding their relationship amongst food, competition and trust. Thus would have opted for a form of virtual;l storytelling to convey my message across, also using twitter, facebook and possibly Instagram to bring each character and situation to life in a very relatable and uni-formed way.
Looking at the interactive magazine website ‘Nowness.com’ aided my understanding with visual prompts, visual aids and also sound bytes. Further showing me how mini-interviews with additional photos and sound capsules can help capsulate a subject matter in a more innovative way by providing a more hands-on experience between the viewer and the sources/media samples at large etc. Therefore promoting audience engagement, participation and also prolonging audience interest by making them click, reveal, listen and react to each ‘activity’ whether that be an interactive documentary, interview or even a collection of audio recordings etc.
Nowness has also created a platform for up and coming emerging artists and even collaborators to gain a place on their site by featuring their own work on nowness.com. Further encouraging audience participation, audience contentment and much more. Thus giving vital people their creative voices in projecting their work to the masses in a very innovative and creative way, unlike a route which may be quite conventional etc.
‘Eating Fresh’ (one of the subjects explored within my artefact)
Eating is not only very beneficial but it’s extremely cost-effective. Within my main artefact, I wanted to explore this notion of ‘eating fresh’ by gaining a professional view on the matter. In this case, my own mother who has a lot of experience with cooking, citing it as one of her main passions and taking part in assessed cookery courses (receiving full merit). The following link aided my understanding of ‘eating fresh’, involving the following ‘key takeaways’ received from the article cited below. This includes:
- Purchasing and eating freshly-grown fruits and vegetables is the best way to ensure no preservatives, chemicals, or dyes have been added to your food.
- Produce actually loses its nutritional value over time, so the quicker it’s eaten, the more nutrients that can be gained from it.
- It tastes better! 
To conclude, my main artefact touches on my mum’s own experience with food alongside her childhood memories. Using my mum as the main subject, stemming from your deep passion for cooking and her love for it. Further boosted by her journey with food, being inspired by her own mother and cooking family meals for those close to her. Further bringing everyone together with fresh flavours, ingredients, smells and original recipes. Whether that be from people that my mum has made connections with or met whilst travelling abroad with her sister, friends and others. For me, she is the epitome of happiness with her joy of cooking flowing through her, as it’s second nature for her to cook and make the simplest of dishes/ingredients into something wonderful.
 Fast Company. 2017. Story 2.0: The Surprising Thing About The Next Wave Of Narrative – The future of business. [ONLINE] Available