Photographer Lois Bielefeld has given us a chance to be part of different families during meal time by showing the level of intimacy in the family and the way they spend time together. As she was raised with proper table manners, she wondered how other people approach dinnertime.
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“My family always ate together for the evening meal (we had to ask to be excused to leave the table). I__ was less into the actual food until I got older and started regularly cooking and finding my own tastes, but even at a young age, I recognized food brings people together and is a way to explore different cultures. The project specifically is shot Monday through Thursday evenings as I wanted to capture habits and rituals that are shaped by the weeknight time crunch rather than the weekends when people have more time,” says Bielefeld. “I work in series as I love to see the similarities and differences in people with a topic that has commonality – we all eat. I love all of the subtle details within people’s homes and personal spaces. I look at these images and the large prints more often than anyone else and I’m still seeing new things in the photographs that I hadn’t noticed prior.”