The Photographic Alphabet: F is for Robi Foli

The Photographic Alphabet: F is for Robi Foli

 Eli Never Wants to Talk © Robi Foli

Eli Never Wants to Talk © Robi Foli

Project: Del Valle

“Del Valle” is Spanish for “from the valley”, and it is also the name of the last street that all members of my family resided together. This project is about specific circumstances of my own family and my parents’ divorce, but it is also about universal matters—love, communication, pain. The writing that accompanies this project in its book form talks more about the simplicity of the place in which I was raised, the growth of distrust, development of mental illness, and the slow beginning processes of grief.

 Morning Fog © Robi Foli

Morning Fog © Robi Foli

In the beginning of the book Inherent Vice, Thomas Pynchon writes: “This picture of Doc’s showed a Southern California beach that never was—palms, bikini babes, surfboards, the works. He thought of it as a window to look out of when he couldn’t deal with looking out of the traditional glass-type one in the other room.” Since leaving San Diego, I have received so many dewy-eyed gazes after revealing where I am from, so I wanted to capture this place through that lens of the American Dream that people imagine. I wanted the photographs to stand in opposition to all of the specificity of the writing, and focus more on the place—to create an almost dream-like picture of Southern California.

 Phebi in Bed © Robi Foli

Phebi in Bed © Robi Foli

 Neck Adjustment © Robi Foli

Neck Adjustment © Robi Foli

 Dad Bought Three Cartons of Eggs at Lunch © Robi Foli

Dad Bought Three Cartons of Eggs at Lunch © Robi Foli

 Start Fresh Cafe © Robi Foli

Start Fresh Cafe © Robi Foli

 Mom in the Rain © Robi Foli

Mom in the Rain © Robi Foli

More of Robi's work can be found on her website here

Art Out: Yale MFA Photography 2018 Thesis Show

Art Out: Yale MFA Photography 2018 Thesis Show

Art Out: Nobuyoshi Araki I , Photography

Art Out: Nobuyoshi Araki I , Photography