For my final portfolio project in J331 Studio Lighting and the Photographic Portrait, I explored culture, community and American identity in the most obvious way possible: sandwiches. To use the term loosely, sandwiches (a protein eaten in between two grain-based slices) are pervasive throughout the world. Thus, many cultures and identities, many of which have made their way to America and Austin, have a take on it. I used the still life method to highlight the variety in the forms of the sandwich, and simultaneously depict the similarities between them, and by extension, us as Americans and human beings. Lately, we as Americans are more interested in what divides us than what unites us. However, the reality is that we’re all people, our identity is reflected in what all of us eat, and we all eat sandwiches.

Beef Bulgogi Sando — Choo
Beef Bulgogi Sando — Choo

5222 Burnet Rd Austin, TX 787556

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Peanut Butter & Jelly
Peanut Butter & Jelly
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Lobster Roll — Mason's Famous Lobster Rolls
Lobster Roll — Mason's Famous Lobster Rolls

200 Congress Ave Austin, TX 78701

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Meatball Sub — JewBoy Sub Shop
Meatball Sub — JewBoy Sub Shop

6701 Burnet Rd Austin, TX 78757

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Banh Mi — Kuway's Banh Mi
Banh Mi — Kuway's Banh Mi

1309 W 45th St Austin, TX 78756

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Cuban — Habana Restaurant & Bar
Cuban — Habana Restaurant & Bar

2728 S Congress Ave Austin, TX 78704

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Po' Boy — Errything New Orleans
Po' Boy — Errything New Orleans

1309 W 45th St Austin, TX 78756

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Cheesenurger — Whataburger
Cheesenurger — Whataburger

6205 N Lamar Blvd Austin, TX 78752

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Reuben — New World Deli
Reuben — New World Deli

4101 Guadalupe St Austin, TX 78751

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Gordita — Taqueria Arandas
Gordita — Taqueria Arandas

6534 Burnet Rd Austin, TX 78757

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