You Capture – “Still Life”

This week’s You Capture theme is “still life.”

My first thought? A sleeping dog is a pretty still example of life. Unless it’s dreaming. But I sort of figured Beth had something else in mind.

According to Wikipedia…

Still life photography is the depiction of inanimate subject matter, most typically a small grouping of objects. Still life photography, more so than other types of photography, such as landscape or portraiture, gives the photographer more leeway in the arrangement of design elements within a composition.

Still life photography is a demanding art, one in which the photographers are expected to be able to form their work with a refined sense of lighting, coupled with compositional skills. The still life photographer makes pictures rather than takes them. Knowing where to look for propping and surfaces also is a required skill.

Not having the time or inclination for anything demanding, I took advantage of some luck. Actually, it was more than luck. It’s seeing the world through a photographer’s eye. Someone else might have just seen tired knick-knacks on a dusty kitchen windowsill (at the West Virginia place).

I saw a still life.


Don’t forget to visit Beth’s You Capture page to see how other folks interpreted this week’s assignment.


10 Replies to “You Capture – “Still Life””

  1. Ok, I had to laugh because I went to wikipedia too to look up the real definition of “still life.” I figured I was the only one. I was hoping it would inspire me, but when I read about having to make a picture, rather than just take a picture, it only frustrated me. I love your interpretation. Training the eye to see a picture is something I’m totally working on. How perfect that your little bear is holding a camera too (or at least it looks like a camera to me).

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