On this week’s episode of the podcast, Kristina and I tackle Still Life photography!
The Still Life genre is classified as “A work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which are either natural (food, flowers, dead animals, plants, rocks, shells, etc.) or man-made (drinking glasses, books, vases, jewelry, coins, pipes, etc.).” Through composition, a Still Life should capture “a sense of life in a single moment.”
When you listen to the episode, you’ll find that while I’ve of course seen Still Life painting and photography before, I almost misjudged the theme completely! Thankfully some last-minute “just in case” Googling got me on the right track, and down the Still Life rabbit hole!
Kristina, on the other hand, is very familiar with Still Life photography, and has an amazing interpretation of the subgenre and how toy photography itself fits into it. I think this is my favorite of our themed episodes to date, and I can’t wait for you to listen! You can do so below, or on your favorite podcast app.
For my image, I tried to play with traditional themes and imagery associated with Still Life art. I started with a simple basket of fruit, but then couldn’t help add my own spin on it!
I mentioned this post from Will Kemp in the podcast, and recommend you check it out! The compositional tips are helpful not only for this theme, but photographers of any niche.
Kristina’s image is tinged with romantic tension. Is this a date gone wrong? The leftovers of a lover’s quarrel? You’ll have to listen to the episode to find out!
Once again we invited our listeners to participate, and got some great entries! Check them out below. Thanks to @ljtoyphotography, @Stromtrooper_Pete and Demarcation Media for playing along!
Thank you so much for listening! I may have been clueless about this theme when Kristina first suggested it, but I grew to appreciate it quite a bit after this podcast episode. As Kristina suggests, all toy photographs are technically Still Life! And if you enjoyed this, you should participate in the #nofigurefriday hashtag each week over in the G+ community!
If you’d like to participate in next month’s theme, tag your photos #tp_landscape and tag both myself (@thereeljames23 on Instagram, +JamesGarica23 on G+) and Kristina (@kalexanderson on Instagram and here on G+).
What is your interpretation of the Still Life theme? Do you think we captured it in our photos? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
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Listening while working late into the night . Thanks for the company! Another awesome podcast!
Thanks Sunny! I’m glad we were able to pay you company and that it was an enjoyable listen 🙂
Thank you guys for all the kind words about my photos! The photo with Miles was definitely a fun one to shoot. For anyone who wants an easel for 6 inch figures, coffee straws and some glue work great. My only wish was that I had a beret for Miles. That would have made the photo perfect, but I couldn’t find any. Looking forward to the Landscapes theme!
Hahaha, a beret would have been perfect! Oh well. It was still a fantastic photo without it. Thanks again for participating! It hadn’t occurred to me that the easel was custom. Great job!
What is the hashtag for the Landscapes theme?
Oh whoops did I not say it in the episode? It’ll be #tp_landscape. I’ll make sure to update the post as well.