13 photos capture the stunning diversity of one very universal experience: dinner.

13 photos capture the stunning diversity of one very universal experience: dinner.
Dinner is much more than just what you eat.<br>In times when the world seems divided on just about everything, it's helpful to look at what we have in common — even something obvious.That's what photographer Lois Bielefeld was aiming for with "Weeknight Dinners," a conceptual portrait series centered around typical evening meals, which she shot between 2013 and 2015. For Bielefeld, it was a way to document a near-universal experience that everyone can relate to. It's a display of common ground in one of its most basic senses. Monday: Eric and Sally. 2013. All photos courtesy of Lois Bielefeld Photography. The concept for the series emerged from Bielefeld's own interest in the social power of food.Growing up, Bielefeld's chores included making a weekend meal, which was a family bonding event in and of itself. "I was less into the actual food until I got older and started regularly cooking and finding my own tastes," she says. "But even at a young age, I recognized food brings people together and is a way to explore different cultures."For her, "Weeknight Dinners" is an extension of her own family's ritual, an exploration in other people's dinner habits. Wednesday: Siena, Brian, Alivia and Leah. 2013. Wednesday: Willie Mae. 2013 Wednesday: Emilio, Rhonda, Benedetto, Skylrae, Jacomo. 2014 Bielefeld chose to focus the series on weeknights for an important reason.During the week, our rituals are shaped by the world around us. Work, school, and home — how we prepare for a meal between Monday and Thursday tends to differ from how we might dine on the weekends. For some, weeknight cooking might mean a plate of leftovers; for others, perhaps a microwave meal or carry-out. No matter what it is, no matter where you eat it, and no matter who you're with, it's simply a common part of most of our lives. Wednesday: Glynis, Liam, Jorin, and Mona. 2013 Wednesday: Kathy. 2013 Wednesday: Natalia and Maryanne. 2014 The project also provides insight into how people actually ar