ABOUT THE ARTIST

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Christopher Boffoli is a fine art, commercial and editorial photographer. He began making visual art at an early age but only began exploring the medium of photography in his teens after receiving a camera as a birthday gift. Largely self-taught, Christopher worked as a student journalist in high school and college, eventually founding his own commercial photography company while he was still an undergraduate. His diverse body of work includes editorial and documentary travel photography.  But he is best known for his Big Appetites work which features tiny figures posed against real food landscapes.  In addition to his commercial and advertising work for brands large and small, his fine art photographs may be found in galleries and private collections in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. He currently lives and works in Seattle.

ARTIST STATEMENT

The genesis of my Big Appetites series of fine art photographs was in a lot of the media I was exposed to as a child.  There were so many films and television shows that exploited both the dramatic and comedy potential of a juxtaposition of different scales:  tiny people in a normal-sized world.  It is a surprisingly common cultural theme going back all the way to Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels in the 18th century and perhaps earlier.
 
I think it is especially resonant with children because as a child you live in an adult world that is out of scale with your body and proportions.  And you constantly exercise your imagination around a world of toys that are further out of scale.  As a child I was an avid collector of Matchbox cars, a model railroader and a builder of models (cars, ships and airplanes) and also girder and panel sets (small structures).  I was fascinated, as many children and adults are, with tiny, meticulously detailed things.  

When I began shooting some of the very earliest images in this series around 2003, food was a conscious choice as one of the components of the work as it can be very beautiful – in terms of texture and color – especially when shot with available light and macro lenses.  Combining what are essentially food and toys makes the work instantly accessible to virtually everyone.  Regardless of language, culture and social status, almost everyone can identify with toys from their childhood.  

Whether you eat with a fork, chopsticks or your hands, everyone understands food.  Sitting down to a meal makes us feel most human. The sensual experience of eating accesses primal instincts that stretch back to the earliest days of our evolution.  Whether we are reflecting on the comfort food of childhood, celebrating food’s tremendous diversity, or obsessing over calories and nutrition, cuisine is one of those rare topics that most people can speak about with authority and yet largely without controversy.  So the choice of food as a backdrop of the environments of the Big Appetites series was certainly calculated.  It is rich subject matter for artwork.

PRESS & NEWS

Big Appetites has been published – online and in print – in more than 100 countries around the world.  Christopher has been interviewed by major television networks in the US, Canada, Germany, Brazil, Hong Kong and Japan.  A 2012 feature story on his work made him a finalist for a James Beard Foundation Award for Humor.

CONTACT CHRISTOPHER

Do you have a question about Big Appetites that’s not answered here?  Please feel free to drop us a line.  We’ll be happy to hear from you.

 

 

EMAIL

hello@bigappetites.net

 

PHONE

206.552.9797

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