Pre-Planning Still Life

In this upcoming weekend I am planning on working on Scott Sternbach's 2nd assignment for his view camera class, creating engaging still lifes on 4x5. I don't think I'll have enough time to create all 3 sets that I wish to make but I'm going to shoot for at least a few variations on the first one with fast food for my personal project.

Believe it or not I have never shot still life before, luckily the professor has provided us with a bunch of links to amazing and influential photographers past and present to inspire us for our own work. After glancing through all of the links I came across a few that caught my eye and I will happily incorporate into my sets this weekend.

(Sarah Charleworth, Seven Colors from the series 2005)

(Roe Ethridge, Dazed and Confused)

(Caleb Charland, Orange Battery, 2012, Archival Inkjet Print | Coin Battery, 2010, Archival Inkjet Print)

(Caleb Charland, Limes and Lemons, 2013, Archival Inkjet Print)

(Abelardo Morell, Woodblock Construction #11, 2021)

(Abelardo Morell Woodblock Construction #10, 2021

(Abelardo Morell, $60, 2002)

(Irving Penn, Still Life)

(Jan Groover, 1943 - 2011)

I think I will begin this first set with some colourful tableware, plated with silverware as if it was a dinner table but make the food splattered and hectic, engulfed and surrounded by fries to symbolize the unhealthyness of the type of food and how its overly marketed to minorities. Then it would be cool to focus on macro images of the different foods to see if I can capture the true nature of these fast foods.

For the second set, I would love to curate home cooked soul food from family and restaurants, put it under a yellow warm toned home lamp.

All of this is a work in progress of course, but I'm hoping to have all of this done by the end of the semester.

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