Still Life In Still Life

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Other than the subject(s) of an image, and the arrangement of them, there are many other factors which make a still life a still life. In still life there are many styles, as well as abundance and wealth being re-occurring themes, simplifying objects, or playing with them, their relationships with each other, is a common factor of most. Here in Talbot’s shadow picture we see a very unique flatness – making them (figure 2) appear more abstract, like a scientific study of the subject, the plant almost becomes symbolic in its bold simplicity. This image helps to support my earlier point on the still life photograph beginning from studying ordinary organic, natural shapes like fruits, vegetables, etc. As well as this, colours, textures, shapes and tones complementing each other is vital in the still life genre, as seen with Weston’s pepper. Here the way that the branches are almost a mirror image of each other makes the inverted tones stand out even more so. They are a backwards version of each other, contrasting, positive and negative, making them more interesting to look at together as a diptych. You could say that the arranging of the positive and negative images together would also contribute to the arrangement of objects. In Talbot’s accidental ‘shadow picture’, imprinting the strange but delicate shape is quite modern in its simplicity. This investigation of an ordinary subject is common in still life, however still life is not determined by the artist’s style. Talbot’s
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