Classical fast food – Inspired by classical paintings, Rebecca Ruetten photographed a distinctly modern phenomenon -- fast food -- in Renaissance-era style.
Classical fast food – In her series "Contemporary Pieces," Ruetten theatrically lights meals of Taco Bell, KFC, McDonald's, Panda Express and donuts.
Classical fast food – A model poses with marshmallows. The models are friends of Ruetten's, usually with tattoos and piercings. "It underlines the concept that they are 'children of the modern age,' having been brought up in the changing America, often defined by the culture of fast food," Ruetten said.
Classical fast food – Ruetten sees fast food as a symbol of class divide. "To eat healthy is expensive," she said. "However, one can buy large amounts of food at a fast-food restaurant for a comparatively low price."
Classical fast food – A woman and an ice cream cone.
Classical fast food – Immortalizing food imagery is certainly not a new phenomenon, though the mediums in which to do so have come a long way from canvases to smartphones.
Classical fast food – A man poses with Subway sandwiches.
Classical fast food – A Taco Bell spread.
Classical fast food – In an interesting twist of fate, Ruetten said, most of her subjects actually avoid fast food.
Classical fast food – A Panda Express meal.