Still Life Research


Still Life Research – Jonathan Melendez

My idea for traditional still was showcasing the things I enjoy most. This still life will show the luxurious end of tasting cigars and bourbon and barrel aged craft beer. It will incorporate the necessary glass ware and accessories in order to enjoy these delights. For my product idea I wanted to fall in line with the same depiction of a liquor bottle, and since I am a big bourbon guy, I will showcase a collection of bottles from the same brand. With lighting and background to help extenuate the bottle. Lastly for my food I am really interested in the idea of both ingredients and final food to eat. I am thinking of incorporating both final dish and finalizing with whatever garnishing that dish takes.Still Life Research - Melendez JonathanIMG_5843

Project 2 Research

For the traditional still life, I was thinking about photographing origami “balloons” of different colors, paper types, and sizes. As for the arrangement, I think I would try stacking them or possibly positioning them in a way that would like like they were floating. I would probably photograph them at an angled perspective slightly above eye level. 

For the product still life, I think I’m going to photograph Bicycle Playing Cards (the boxes and the cards themselves). I was thinking about organizing them in a clean, geometric way by lining up the boxes and cards (see research example photograph by Adam Luszniak). I’m currently debating whether I should photograph them from an angled perspective or with a bird’s eye view while they’re laying flat.

For the food/ingredients still life, I am going to photograph ingredients for the Chinese egg flower soup. The main ingredients are eggs and chicken broth, but pepper, scallions, and tofu can be added. I think I will photograph these five ingredients with the camera pointing down directly above them.

Still Life Research

For the traditional still life, I want to use the things that I collect to bring this idea of memory and how these little things are important to me and make me remember something from the past. I was also thinking about showing the chaos on a desk of an architecture student. For that I think it would be fun to explore a dramatic, kind of dark lighting since I had a bad time while in architecture. For the product still life, I was thinking about taking pictures of my father’s products since he works with surf accessories. For that it would be nice to go to the beach and have the texture of the sand on the product. I was also thinking about shooting perfumes and connect them with other elements that create their fragrance. For the food still life it would be nice to have a prepared Brazilian meal since I am from there and explore the colors on the background that can represent Brazil and make the food pop out. For this section I also want to explore the different combinations of textures and colors that the food ingredients can bring.