Lois Bielefeld grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She graduated in 2002 from Rochester Institute of Technology, receiving her BFA in Advertising Photography. Soon after she made the mass migration with all the other photo graduates to NYC where she lived for seven years. After assisting photographers she began shooting commercial and fashion work. In 2008 she started The Bedroom when she shared a bedroom for one year with her eight year old daughter in their small Brooklyn apartment. She is very close to completion of the 100 portrait series and aims to publish a book of all the work. In 2010 she relocated back to Milwaukee with her eleven year old daughter, partner, guinea pig and their cat. Besides photography, Lois loves to bike, cook, eat and dabble in Midwestern things like trap shooting.
Life imitates art, more than art imitates life by Oscar Wilde
I’ve been pondering Oscar Wilde’s quote as the world seems to fold in on itself from all quarters and have been away from the blog for a wee while. But I haven’t forgotten any of you out there who come across or read the blog regularly. Life took over from cyberspace and I’ve had to focus offline in the physical world for some time with little or no time or energy to tend and curate the blog. One day it may all become clearer, but that’s for another time.
Thanks to photographer James O Jenkins who kindly attended the press view for me and took some pix for the blog, including one of overall winner Jooney Woodward who wins £12,000 for her photo of a 13-year old with her guinea pig in the judging area at the Royal Welsh Show.
A slideshow of photos from this year’s press view for the Taylor Wessing National Portrait Gallery 2011 Prize follows.