Found still life

Following on from yesterdays post, Still Life does not have to involve a studio, construction of an image and complex lighting.  Still Life subjects can be “found” and photographed in situ.

The image below is a garage scene at a museum of vintage cars.  I found the scene by accident wandering around the museum and by composing the scene carefully I was able to use the overhead electric light as well as natural daylight from the window and door.


Unlike the constructed still life posted yesterday, this is not a simple image as there are many objects clamouring for the viewer’s attention.  The most obvious is that of the vintage car, and its round headlights.  What makes the image work, in my opinion, is the repetition of round shapes from wagon wheels suspended above, to the light shade and wheels above and in front of the car.

The image also cried out for black and white conversion, given the vintage nature of the subject matter and the way in which black and white can emphasise shapes and textures that are much harder to see in colour.

Found still life can be simpler than constructed still life in execution terms but the key remains identifying a scene or object that works well as a composition.  The equipment and lighting and technical expertise come second.

Whilst time is running out there is still an opportunity to enter our still life competition, so trawl your archives or take your camera out and keep your eyes open for an interesting scene.

We’re looking forward to seeing your still life entries.

Adrian Pym



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2 responses to “Found still life

  1. Pingback: Still Life – The Concepts Series, Part V | Disperser Tracks

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