Bone marrow and femur segments, Mom... and don't spare the ick! I think one of the things that makes mid-century America work so well for me is the degree of naivete' combined with arrogance and a little willful blindness thrown in. In 1962, Mexican food could still be described as "exotic". For those without a globe on their desks, Mexico is right across the U.S./ Mexican border.
So, yeah, Patio frozen enchilada dinner. Mmm-mmm-bleah. That's a lotta earth tones. Photographing food is not easy. In fact, there are companies that do nothing but photograph food in a pleasing way. Getting food to let itself be phtographed looking like something other than a plate of sick is really really hard. Milk comes out blue and watery in pictures, for example. Any glamor shot of cereal you may see was probably photographed with glue in place of real milk. There are a whole bunch of secrets like this that food-tographers used to get a decent picture of meat loaf that doesn't look like a belly wound. A lot of the tricks were just trying to find something that looks like food without decomposing under studio lights. When you looked at a package of ice cream, the stuff in the bowl on the box wasn't ice cream. Of course, much of this is probably done with Photoshop now. Pity. Pouring glue over cereal sounds a lot more fun than just using the "levels" tool.
None of these techniquies were used in this photo. Color balance in food photography is crucial, and this is made hideously clear by Patio's ad. The beans kind of look like "practice brains" for young zombies learning how to hunt for themselves. Photographic technique aside, there were some poor choices made. Too much brown, first and foremost. Maybe the idea was to match the generally fecal pallette of the dinner, but I think they would have been better served by using a non-brown color for the edge of the plate. Blue, maybe? How bout red? The lone island of color in this sea of yuck is the lettuce and pepper, but stalwart companions though they are, two little garnishes are not mighty enough to hold back the flood of beige ichor that threatens to engulf the table. Patio Frozen Dinners - Try one today, and again in a few hours!