What is Still Life photography?
Still life photography is a genre of photography used for the depiction of inanimate subject matter, typically a small group of objects. Similar to still life painting, it is the application of photography to the still life artistic style. Tabletop photography, product photography, food photography, found object photography etc. are examples of still life photography.
Why I started Still Life photography
I became obsessed with still life photography in 2019 and now I have hundreds of images for sale that might appeal to you! I started creating still life images by accident. I was messing about with some lighting at home and needed something to photograph! I literally plonked some things I had around the house on a table and focused on lighting them. I immediately fell in love. I started to concentrate on composition and although this had started out as a lighting exercise, I quickly discovered the joy of natural light. At the beginning I was setting up small scenes but eventually, I started playing around with “simple” (it’s actually not that simple), choosing to focus on a particular fruit or vegetable.
Famous Still Life photographers
Eventually, I started looking into the still life photography that I enjoyed looking at and studying their technique. The picture of the peppers above is a small tribute to Edward Weston, the 20th-century American photographer who photographed a wide range of subjects including still life.
Intrigued by the many kinds and shapes of kelp he found on the beaches near Carmel, in 1930 Weston began taking close-ups of vegetables and fruits. He made a variety of photographs of cabbage, kale, onions, bananas, and finally, his most iconic image, peppers. In August of that year Noskowiak brought him several green peppers, and over a four-day period he shot at least thirty different negatives. Of these, Pepper No. 30, is among the all-time masterpieces of photography.
We can’t mention still life photography without bringing up Imogen Cunningham, the American photographer who has a large body of still life work. This is her beautiful Callas Lily. Who can compete with that? All I can do is learn from the best and improve my skills as I grow as a photographer.
Many people have become interested in still life photography since being in lockdown but I have found myself going in the opposite direction; wanting to be out in nature and photographing landscapes! However, I am sure I will return to still life again and again as it is a way of seeing the ordinary as extraordinary. I love the textures and colours in this kind of work. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
You can browse and buy from my collection of Still Life Wall Art. These wonderfully colorful fruits and vegetables look great as prints for the kitchen or dining area, for cafes, bars and restaurants or as gifts for the foodie or chef in your life! You can have any of my work printed on photo or art paper, on canvas or metal. You can also order a poster print to frame yourself. I also have a range of Still Life Wall Art in black and white for that classic old-fashioned charm!
I also have a very cool range of square prints which look great on their own of as part of a collection. You could buy a set of 4 prints and frame them yourself (or buy them already framed) and hang them like a small gallery.
This is just a small example of some of my particular favorites out of hundreds of possibilities. You can buy all my still life images as photographic prints, canvas and metal prints, posters, cards and art boards. You can also have them custom printed on clothing, stickers, jigsaw puzzles and many other products. There’s something there to suit everyone. Treat yourself to some new wall art.
Find Something You Love!
If this interests you and you would like to read more, I recommend this article Still Life Photography: The Complete Guide from Format Magazine