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Sat Mar 11, 2017, 01:34 PM

Interview: Photographer Reveals What Dinnertime Looks Like Across the U.S.

What is your dinner routine like? Whether you sit down to the table at 6:30PM on the dot, or eat in front of your TV at 8PM, you probably have some sort of custom. Photographer Lois Bielefeld is fascinated by this particular ritual; it transcends our differences in age, race, and culture, reminding us of our shared humanity. In her series Weeknight Dinners, she captures a “typical evening” meal for individuals and families in the United States.

Bielefeld was strategic about that the times that she snapped these pictures. “I photographed the portraits Monday through Thursday evenings,” she writes, “when time constraints due to work, parenting, and family activities often dictate dinner rituals.” This gives people less of an opportunity to cook a fancy meal on her behalf, and the results are revealing. Although some people eat at a table, just as many eat on their couch or the floor. They also dine together, yet separated—one person will sit in a single chair while someone else will be across the room on a couch.

Each image is a thought-provoking look into that individual (or family), and it makes you wonder what life is like beyond dinner time. These photographs are normally shown as large prints in gallery/museum type spaces, allowing us to observe and take in all of the rich details.

Bielefeld is represented by the Portrait Society Gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We had the opportunity to ask her about Weeknight Dinners. Scroll down to read our exclusive interview.

http://mymodernmet.com/lois-bielefeld-weeknight-dinners/

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Sat Mar 11, 2017, 02:04 PM

1. Edifying. Thank you.

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Response to Mosby (Original post)

Sat Mar 11, 2017, 02:13 PM

2. Some of those pictures remind me of a line from "Eleanor Rigby":

"Ah, look at all the lonely people." Some seem so sad.

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Response to Mosby (Original post)

Sat Mar 11, 2017, 02:15 PM

3. Interesting, the only wine was in the 1st photo

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Response to Motley13 (Reply #3)

Sat Mar 11, 2017, 03:17 PM

5. there is wine in several pics I think

Like creepy rich guy's wife is drinking.

That's not a happy family.

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Sat Mar 11, 2017, 02:20 PM

4. Where's the laughter?

We always crack up during dinner.

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