We visited the Metropolitan Museum last week where I became totally captivated by the still life paintings from the 1500’s. I have been toying with the idea of creating my own still life installations to photograph, for no specific reason just to play around, see what came of it. Fruit has been the metaphor for sexual connotations for as long as painting has existed, I think that is what gives still life’s their gusto and richness. Color and shape, contour and light are all sensitively played out giving fruit, flowers and food a status of appeal. Possibly even seeing them in a new light, sometimes even being put in a grotesque light. But then we all learn at some point in our lives that the little-bit-of-ugly is what makes something or someone stand out and become even more beautiful because of it. To glorify the mundane. Dramatize what we look at day to day. It is an interesting thought that can be applied to so many other moments.
Images from google