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‘Dinner in New York’ highlights U.S. city’s growing individualism

Miho Aikawa, a NYC-based artist and photographer highlighted the lonely dinners New Yorkers are having, night after night.

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The dinner table is typically the place where family members gather to eat, especially in Ramadan where the concept of sharing activities – including food – is usually emphasized.

But outside the holy month, and in an increasingly individualistic world, the opposite is usually true.

In New York, individualism is a well-known factor in the society’s fabric. Miho Aikawa, a NYC-based artist has captured a number of photographs which highlight the lonely dinners New Yorkers are having, night after night in her photo series titled "Dinner in New York"

"When you enjoy mealtimes, you’re more likely to eat better," Aikawa wrote in the project description. "Let’s think what we can do to enhance the pleasure of the table.”

The photos are a theme the artist explores in a series of intimate photos, revealing how, as New Yorkers and Tokyoites sit down for their evening meal, tradition is evolving to fit into the chaos of contemporary life.