Still life research

For my Project 2, I want to explore more on the composition of my objects, although lightings and colors would be critical as well, I am amazed that how other artists used interesting compositions to make photos interesting.

Astonished by Edward Steichen’s matchsticks still life, I found that still life photographs’ objects could also form patterns. There are lots of still life photography artwork by Edward Steichen that using objects to make patterns, one of the other great examples would be the silverware photo that he took, capturing forks, spoons, and knives in patterns. Patterns in still life objects are something interesting and got my attention. I noticed that it would work better for objects that were supposed to appear in a huge quantity such as matchsticks and silverware because it makes sense.

I also noticed that a lot of the still life photographs could tell stories or there are hidden messages behind them. The objects that artists chose don’t have to be captured as if what they were, instead, they could be arranged so that their original form, shapes would be changed into something else and so they could have some other meanings or functions.

In my opinion and from what I realized, colors, perspective, lighting, texture and background are crucial elements to the making of a good still life photo. Different feelings could be depicted from how color are used, what background it has. Many of Linus Lohoff’s photos adapted bright colors, they let audience easy to be recognized the objects and produced a direct conversation with the audience, also they give pleasant feelings in most of the photos. In contrast, the tones and textures in Irving Penn’s photos were relatively darker and heavier, thus they give out completely different feelings compare to Linus’s photos. In most of the product photographs, perspective and lightings did lots of work to produce different moods. In most of Channel’s advertisements, big contrast of lighting was used, and the angle from the camera are usually below the highest point of the product, which might be how they make you feel high-class or astonished by their perfumes.




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