Born in Fort Dix, NJ, C.a. Shofed’s parents were in the military, He spent my early years in Germany. In high school, he studied Graphic Arts at Assunpink Vocational School, moving into Advertising Design in college. “It was college that first exposed me to photography.” Before he had a real chance to explore photography as a career he took a summer job as a computer installer and never looked back. “I spent the next 25 years as an IT Professional”.
“Although my professional life had focused on technology, I maintained an interest in photography, always carrying my camera with me, taking photographs whenever the opportunity presented itself or whenever a particular scene or object inspired me. In recent years, I have made the transition to digital, although I still prefer film. Increasingly my work seeks to bring attention to ordinary objects pressured by nature and time. My art at times has sometimes been described as “industrial meets nature”. I enjoy finding beauty and power in things that are not naturally considered beautiful or powerful. I hope my photography inspires people to stop, look and view their surroundings with a different eye.
C.a. Shofed’s art has been exhibited in galleries all along the East Coast. His first solo show was a month-long exhibit called “Double Take” which included ten photographs of fire hydrants as they appeared “in the wild”. “That first exhibit really gave me direction”. C.a. Shofed also curates an annual art show featuring artists working in Trenton or inspired by Trenton. The highly successful show is called “Common Threads” and has been hosted successfully for the last 5 years at Hopewell Valley Vineyards. The latest iteration of Common Threads was called “Future Forward”. “I use Common Threads as a teaching moment for myself and new artists a way to export the wonderful Trenton, NJ art scene to the world”. I try my best to keep myself grounded in the community that gave me my new career in art. Whether it’s exporting Trenton arts using Common Threads or volunteering at Art All Night I appreciate the doors that my camera and Trenton have opened for me
Artwork will be on display July-September, 2017. Visiting hours are Monday-Friday 9am-5pm