Dade Freeman
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Project: Week 13 - Lunch

I have to admit that this week is going to seem to have been pretty easy for me. I had planned a complicated shoot of a deconstructed sandwich but in the end I simply photographed a freshly-made shop-bought butty!

Consequently, not a great deal can be said about this image except that the sandwich itself was delicious. Michael Lank and I stopped off for a bite to eat in Artisan delicatessen and sandwich bar, on the way to an exhibition by Clive Reedman. After perusing the sandwich menu, I settled on chicken, chilli jam, cheese and spinach on ciabatta bread - it had a clever name which slips my mind right now. The venue was a quaint eatery with lots of home-made produce and I particularly liked the fact that the plate for my sandwich was actually a chopping board.

Given that I had nothing at all to do with the creation of this item, except for taking the photo, I thought I would share the etymology of the well-known phrase "There's no such thing as a free lunch". This is a popular adage communicating the idea that you never really get something for nothing. Use of the phrase dates back to the 1930s and 1940s and it stems from the practice in American bars of offering an enticing "free lunch" to those who had bought at least one drink. However, all the foods on offer were high in salt (e.g. ham, cheese and salted crackers), resulting in much thirstier diners who then bought a lot of beer.

Here’s the finished image for Week 13.

Delicious sandwich and filling
Delicious sandwich and filling