: an exhibition curated by =AlexandraB24
Of all the fine art photography categories, still life is perhaps the most demanding. The technical abilities and aesthetic sensibility of a photographer are fully tested in a still life composition. It is said that a still life photograph isn’t so much “taken” as it is “made”. The choice of objects, their arrangement, how they are lit, the mood they evoke, and the ideas they convey: all require the exercise of a photographer's skills stretching the imagination of the photographer to new limits.
The photographic still life has a counterpart in painting, from which it derives. The Flemish painters of the 17th century turned still life into a most exquisite art form of its own. Still lifes (note the plural!) can be allegorical, conceptual, abstract and surreal. Or they can be naturalistic collections of objects, highly emotional compositions evoking memories.
Still life photography is regarded as high art. What about commercial 'product' photography, usually placed at the other end of the scale? The truth is that there is a very porous boundary between the two, except of course that the context is different and the context determines the critical reading of the image by the viewer. Gavin Murphy has written a most engaging article on this topic, in the photographic magazine Source
A recent exhibition at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles presented photographic still lifes by some of the most accomplished photographers of the 20th century ([link]
its curator said: "One of our goals for the exhibition was to show how still life photographs can be both traditional and surprising
". I have followed the same goal for this gallery show. The selection of works you see below is drawn from our own Still Life collection here at #fineart-photography
but it also includes work found elsewhere here on dA, by very talented photographers.
Enjoy and don’t forget to comment and also fav the News article ([link]
. It is the same as signing the 'Comments book' in a brick and mortar gallery.
Any member can curate an exhibition. Please contact =AlexandraB24
with your ideas and thumbs (or links) to your chosen images.