The phrase “still life” might conjure images of classic oil paintings of bowls of fruit, with perhaps an elegant vase and a draped curtain, all carefully arranged and softly lit so as to be aesthetically pleasing.
With photography, I thought, I have little interest in such compositions, and especially ones that are staged.
But in fact, a significant proportion of my photographs are what I consider a different kind of “still life”.
They’re still, in that they’re nothing within the scene is moving. And they’re life, but a found, perhaps abandoned, life, stumbled upon in the back of beyond.
Street photography of the classic kind, full of people and the chase for “decisive moments”, is not for me.
But I do enjoy finding compositions in a similar way – arrangements of light, shapes, objects, textures, that I find very pleasing to the eye. And of course once I find them, I want to capture their beauty, and share them with others.
This post features some of my favourite found still life photographs of the last 18 months or so.
Are you a photographer of still life – either found compositions like me, or the more traditional staged arrangements of objects?
Please let us know in the comments below (and don’t forget to tick the “Notify me of new comments via email” box to follow the conversation).
Thanks for looking.
Share this post with someone you think will enjoy it using the buttons below.
See what I’m up to About Now.