I'm most interested in the decision to shoot the food on a local newspaper. There are certainly some practical reasons for doing this. At the most basic level, a newspaper is a cheap object which can be acquired pretty much around the world, so it makes the task of setting up a remote "studio" a snap. It also means that the photograph will give the viewer a clear hint about where it was taken, in that the language of the text could be identified. Still, beyond these two reasons, using a newspaper creates a highly meaningful context for these objects. Just as the newspaper prints news reports and advertisements, this background places the food directly within the flow of information and money, two essential components of what Chow is talking about in the project. There's also the intriguing possibility that, by including a raw form of information in the photographs themselves, Chow may unwittingly capture data that's relevant to the economic aspect of his project. At the very least, there are some interesting juxtapositions between the food and its background.