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.
After moving to Trenton, NJ C.a. Shofed began to notice the vibrant art scene. He began volunteering at Artworks Trenton becoming highly involved in Art All Night. Sometime after his second kidney transplant he made the decision that he wasn’t going back to his 9 to 5, he was going to make art his career and become a Fine Arts Photographer. “I’ve been surrounded and supported by the best art community in the country here in Trenton. There is no better place then right here to start this chapter in my life”. It took C.a. awhile to find his “style”. “I became increasingly aware that my attention was drawn to ordinary objects pressured by nature and time. People began to be described my photography as “industrial meets nature”. I was enjoying finding beauty in things that are not naturally considered beautiful”. It was C.a. Shofed’s first solo exhibit “Double Take” which included ten photographs of fire hydrants as they appeared “in the wild” that really refined his style.
“Things really clicked for me after that exhibit. I began refining how I took pictures trying my best to only use the editing features within my camera. I enjoy pushing the boundaries of photography and my camera. I’m not so much worried about the technical aspect and perfection of a picture. I more concerned with capturing a moment and sharing that moment with my audience.”
C.a. Shofed exhibits and sells his photography nationally and internationally. He has used his knowledge to start and online gallery called Common Threads Gallery. Common Threads Gallery sprung for an annual exhibit called Common Threads. C.a. Shofed is also the curator at the BSB Gallery in Trenton.