Food deserts are not sexy. Much as drought and deforestation have contributed to the desertification of regions of the planet, so too have poverty and income inequality given rise to food deserts, those places where access to fresh fruit and vegetables is restrictive.  An estimated 750,000 residents of New York live in food deserts, which is to say this issue is particularly relevant as it desiccates communities just outside the bubble of fashion. The latest issue of Modern Matter runs headlong into the topic, albeit at an oblique angle by way of an editorial shot in a supermarkert by photographer David Brandon Geeting and stylist Avena Gallagher starring Ali Michael. The Food Bazaar Supermarket at 42-02 Northern Boulevard in Long Island City serves as the backdrop for this story, which at moments calls to mind 99 Cent II Diptychon by German photographer Andreas Gursky. The reduction in perspective, a hallmark of Gursky’s oeuvre, is also a feature of this story, the result can feel overwhelming. Ali (pictured) makes a cameo toward the end of the story in the housewares aisle wearing a clear section coat by Bless, belts worn as top, all by Luar, and a neon green bikini by Maryam Nassir Zadeh. Food deserts are certainly not sexy, but Ali Michael most definitely is.

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Credits include: Publication, Modern Matter Nº14 Spring / Summer 2018; Title, “Mother”; Photography, David Brandon Geeting; Styling, Avena Gallagher; Hair, Rubi Jones; Makeup, Susie Sobol; Manicure, Kayo Higuchi; Movement, Emma Chadwick; Casting, Nicola Kast.

Ali Michael | Modern Matter Spring / Summer 2018 (Photography: David Brandon Geeting)

Ali Michael | Modern Matter Spring / Summer 2018 (Photography: David Brandon Geeting)