SOPHIA ROE


I saw a post Sophia Roe did a while back where she wrote about experiencing starvation in her childhood, food access and her connection to pain of famine. She wrote, “How could taking a bite of a juicy peach, not completely light my soul on fire? None of this is about being a chef, it’s much more simple than that” and I was deeply touched. Having a similar experience in my childhood being broke, not being able to eat the food you want to eat sounded too familiar to me. I started thinking about what little Sophia and Eva would buy in a supermarket without anyone saying “we can’t afford this right now” and how we would treat food in a way that feels empowering and playful, back to child-like behaviors.

Playing with food and cooking is actually really fun, chaotic and messy. I wanted to capture that part. Luckily Sophia Roe isn’t only of the most outspoken women right now, but is also one of the most talented and creative chefs in the game. I reached out to Sophia, pitched her my idea, found the location and got a crew together. We photographed her at All Night Skate, a not yet opened roller skate bar in Bed-Stuy, right before the pandemic hit New York City.

The series ended up in an editorial in 1883 magazine.