Rocky Mountain School of Photography Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibit, Raw Relations with work by food photographer, Joe Lavine. While Lavine is commercially and professionally established as a food photographer, having worked for clients including General Mills, Coors, Rock Bottom Restaurants, IBM, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, and Delicious Living magazine to name a few from a long list, his personal work and teaching further exemplifies his sincere love of food, photography and life.
The work in Raw Relations examines food in its most natural and elemental forms, while metaphorically addressing key stages in human experience: birth, life, death and sexuality. Acknowledging foods in their most raw, pure and original state, Lavine cleverly pairs subjects that mirror these human stages and interpretations of binaries in life – such as young and old, and male and female. With great attention to the nuances of foods and their individual, distinctive qualities, it is ultimately a sense of touch and texture that brings this work to life. The subjects are backlit in white space and treated equally, providing an openness and non-suggestiveness to favorability. Some of the diptychs are more obvious while others a bit more subjective. All invite interpretation and a new way of looking at things – including the most basic matter of our own sustenance.
Lavine teaches The Art of Food Photography and studio lighting for RMSP’s Career Training Program. He has been involved with the school for the past four years. Having worked in the food and beverage industry for twenty years, Lavine has also taught for over ten years at The Art Institute of Colorado. He resides in Golden, Colorado.
View Raw Relations exhibition.