Studio Still Life LO1 Whitney Graham HNC

Source – Photographer Marcel Christ

Marcel Christ took the above image for rum company Morgan’s Spiced. He is a very recognised still life photographer who has a background in chemical engineering. In this we see a bottle of Morgan’s Spiced sitting in the dead centre of the image. Sitting next to it is a clear class of what we can assume is a Morgan’s rum and coke with a lime resting on top of the beverage. The glass is also full of ice cubes. The bottle and class are sitting on a black reflective surface. In post processing he has added in a splash coming in from the left side of what looks like the rum. This also splashes up around the glass and a splash is also coming out the top of it as if something has been thrown into it.

This would have been taken in a studio using a black backdrop. It looks like he has used dark-field lighting with white cardboard reflectors to get the effect of the light on the side of the bottle. This emphasises the contours of the bottle.

Christ was commissioned by Morgan’s Spiced to create images for their advertising to reach their target audience of males ages 21 – 34.

Source – Robert Mappelthorpe

Robert Mappelthorpe is famous for his macabre style of photography and this image from 1988 is a perfect example of this. This would have been a very unusual style at the time and he would have used it in is portfolio.

This is a black and white still life of a human skull on a shelf. The skull is sitting in the centre of the image. Ambient light is coming from the right through what looks like a window outside of the shot. The image is cut diagonally from the top right to the lower left due to light shining in on a sunny afternoon. This works as a leading line directly to the skull. The top left of the image is almost pitch black however we can still see the outline of the skull.

This image has not been taken in a studio but looks like it could have been taken in a museum. It is using the natural light that is shining in from the window. The skull is positioned at a 45 degree angle to the light. This is the perfect angle to really bring out the detail of the skull while flattening out the background. The skull has been positioned so that the light doesn’t fill the hollow eyes, leaving them a deep black. This gives it an eerie feel. It is this successful composition that transforms this into a captivating picture.

It has more than likely been shot with a Hasselblad as this was his camera of choice. He almost exclusively worked in black and white which is fitting for this image as it gives it more context. Colour could be distracting to the intention of this image.

I find this picture and Mappelthorpes use of natural lighting very evocative. The stripped back nature of the skull and the absence of the body highlight’s the loneliness of death.

Source - Rene Mesman

This still life is from the Amsterdam based still life photographer Rene Mesman. He has worked in the past with Heineken, Coverse and New York Times magazine before teaming up with food stylists Claartje Lindhout and Hanna van den Bos to create this series of food combination still life. The creations with the different foods are meant to be reminiscent of the extravagant culinary experiments Heston Blumenthal has become famous for.

This image was used as part of a collection for his series of still life and taxidermy which features in his portfolio.

In this image we see three runner beans standing upright, the space where the inside beans were once housed has been replaced with 4 blackberries. The runner beans are just off to the right of the centre of the image. There is a vast amount of negative space in this image with the beans being the only information featured. The background is a dusty cream colour.

We can speculate that this would have been taken in a studio set up. It looks as if it has been lit using a soft box facing in front of the beans.

Source - Andrea Minoia

This is a low key still life taken by Andrea Minoia of an old worn pair of women's leather shoes. We see the shoes sitting flush together in the dead centre of the image. It is a close crop composition, there is not much negative space around the shoes. There is a small, delicate line pattern of a flower on the side of the shoe which indicates that it is a female shoe. The image is taken in a studio set up with low key lighting, we can speculate that the light source is coming in from a flash gun at the far left side of the shoes has this area is the most illuminated also this is the way the shadows fall. This style of lighting brings out the texture of the shoes to add context to the worn appearance of the leather shoes.

The bright red colour of the shoes works as a dramatic contrast with the black backdrop.

This to me makes me wonder about the journey of the shoes, it is clear that someone has walked a lot of miles in these shoes. Makes you think, where? Why? What is the story of the person who wore these much loved shoes? Therefore, I find it a very impressive image as so much emotion can be developed from such a simple image.

This work is used in her portfolio.

Source - Anil Akkus

This conceptual style still life is by Turkish artist Anil Akkus. It is part of a black and white series for his portfolio.

In this image we see a black background with a white collar, positioned as if it is being worn, with a spoon right up where the tie would be. It is set out as a flat lay and the camera is above it to get a birds eye view of it. This creates an idea to the viewer of a mans shirt and tie. Its a very minimalist approach that packs a big impact.

This would have been taken in a studio. There is a slight shadow along the right of the spoon and the collar which suggests that the light source is coming from the left.

Source - Jenny van Sommers

Jenny van Sommers is an advertising photographer based in London. She has had her pictures published in Vogue and has done advertising work for Apple, Audi and Nike. This image featured on the front cover of Dazed magazine along with the caption "Pretty Vacant" in 2002 as part of her editorial work.

In this image we see a white mannequin which would possibly be used for hats or accessories in a clothing store. The image has been illustrated with art work around the eye with a love heart, a balloon, clouds and birds. Everything in this image is white except for this illuminations which brings a pop of colour to the image, adding a deeper context than if everything was kept white. The mannequin is positioned with its body facing off to the right and its head is still to the side but slightly more forward facing. The image is cropped just above the breast and is in the dead centre of the image.

Compositionally it is interesting as the mannequin is in the dead centre of the image yet it is facing off to the right. It would have been taken in a studio with a white backdrop. It appears as though the light source is coming from the left side of the mannequin to achieve the shadow falling along the contours of the right side body and face.

This image was taken my Aoz Kan and published on his word press blog. It was taken as a series of natural light still life images that he took in a challenge he set himself.

This has been taken in front of a window in a carpeted room. We can see from the reflection that the window is semi covered with horizontal blinds. In the right third there is a large dark coloured vase filled with light flowers. The rest of the image around the vase is negative space however the reflection from the light leaves a horizontal stripe pattern across the carpet.

This image has been light with natural lighting from what is coming in from the window. From the reflection it looks as if it has been taken in the late afternoon when the sun is starting to get lower in the sky. The lighting is going almost diagonally across the image up to the left hand corner. This works as a leading line up through the image. There is a dark shadow silhoute of the vase in the middle of the reflection.

This image was taken by Mandi Johnstone for a lifestyle website. In this image we see 11 mixed coloured apples sat out in a flat lay on painted white wooden boards. One of the apples is sliced in half revealing the space where the seeds would be.

A backlit set up has been used which spills over and around the apple creating generous highlights and minimal shadows. White foam boards will have been used at each side of the camera to give it the light washed image. The camera will be on a tripod and positioned over the apples looking down.

This style of lighting and the organisation of the apples gives a fresh and airy feel to the image. This refreshing look promotes a clean living lifestyle.

Sam Kaplan is a New York based photographer who works mainly in commercial advertising. This image is part of his projects that he uses for his portfolio.

In this image we see two items, a man's black deodorant can with a pink tampon applicator leaning against it. The deodorant can is the biggest item in the image and is sitting just off centre and in the left third. The can is spraying deodorant which suggest this might have been taken with a timer as the photographer pressed it and quickly moved his hand out of shot or that it has been added in during post processing. The top of the tampon is resting against the can and the bottom of it is sat just off centre to the right. It has the string coming out the tip and going in the same direction as the spray of deodorant.

This has been taken in a studio. The objects are sitting on top of a sheet of perspex glass that gives off the reflection of them at the bottom. It is taken with a teal coloured background. We can see from the reflection on the can that it is being lit from left and right, possibly with white wash boards at each side with the light.

|I feel this is a powerful image representing the male and female relationship. It is as if the female (represented by the tampon) is leaning on the can for support and the spray of deodorant gives the impression of him being protective over her.

This image called "Disco Melon" has been taken by photographer Paloma Rincon. This was taken for commercial purposes to be sold on.

In this image we see a watermelon that has been covered in tiny rectangular shaped mirrors. The melon has been cut in half to expose the red flesh inside and seeds. The melon is sitting on a teal green background.

It has been taken in a studio with a light source coming in from the left corner. We can see this from the reflection of the light on the mirrors and the shadow to the right of the melon.

In this promotional image of Johnnie Walker Black Label we see the bottle sitting in front of a skyline. This would have been taken in front of the window and we can see from the reflection along the side of the bottle it has been lit from the right. It is sitting on a reflective surface which creates streaks of light coming from the windows of the skyline.

This style of photography gives the illusion that this whiskey is drank by the elite in office buildings over looking skylines. This could encourage people to drink it to feel like they too are part of this.

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