I’m not much of a fan of still-life photography, though I respect the idea of still-life in general, particularly in its painting form. But still-life photography gives an opportunity to experiment with lighting situations without wasting a model’s time.
It also gives me an opportunity to use film, medium and large format, without the expectation of moving quickly.
A few months ago, I explored the Tri-County Flea Market in Levittown, New York, looking for a few objects that might prove to be interesting inside the confines of a photograph. For more inspiration, I shopped at Target for a few more pieces. From Tri-County, I exited with a pitcher; from Target I walked away with a stone rabbit intending to be a garden statue and a hemisphere whose surface seems to be made of tubes — or calamari painted white.
At the Arts Council of Princeton, I used my Mamiya RZ67 Pro II, a medium format film camera, with Kodak Tri-X film, to experiment with lighting in a dance studio. With the rabbit and tube hemisphere I conducted some digital photography in my makeshift home studio with occasional photography partner Michelle.
Here are some of the more interesting results, keeping in mind I don’t find still-life terribly interesting, even if that may be because I don’t do it will. It’s distant from my focus of portraiture and events.