I've never been a health nut. But I was raised by one. My mother wouldn't let us kids within one hundred feet of meat, eggs, white bread, or any sort of processed food. She made homemade wheat gluten. How many moms do that? I don't even remember seeing a Twinkie or Hostess Cupcake until I left for college. / Once I left the safety of my mother's kitchen, I loosened up a bit. Not so much that I traded in all of my vegetables for processed food, but enough to think that Cap'n Crunch, Fritos and Jiffy Peanut Butter most decidedly deserved a place in my new diet. / More recently, when I became a parent, I started thinking a bit about food. I began to consider which foodstuffs are healthy and which are not. Given how much thought my own mother put into it, it was hard not to. / A career in photography has provided me license to embrace my obsessive compulsive side. I love the idea of taking any object and deconstructing it down to its component parts. Essentially, I find great thrill in lining things up and photographing them. / Thus, this project. The Twinkie is made up of 37 or so ingredients and this is what they look like.

To learn more about the Twinkie ingredients, check out Steve Ettinger's Twinkie, Deconstructed
at twinkiedeconstructed.com