I. The traditional Still Life, or Nature Morte
Since all the best images of famous examples are copyright, and this project began as exploration of the abilities of small, one-piece digital cameras, my friends have joined in this exploration and the entries may be seen in https://picasaweb.google.com/102498681030579488308/NATUREMORTE.
The initials or other chosen designation of each photographer is given here as in the Album.
We all found present-day equivalents true to the tradition without simply imitating the appearance of a Chardin, for example.
Like a 17th-century Nature Morte, this new photographic one makes full use of composition in terms of light as well as shapes to create a unified Still Life. The textures of pressed cardboard and paper towels draw attention to the the variety of smooth surfaces, and one metal lid refers to the metal foil. The more you look, the more you notice the considerations that make it coherent and interesting.
|ms: see her remarks in album|
|pl: the best the small camera could do so far|
|pl: max wide angle|
Some of the purest Still Life is very simple, with only two or three objects (or even one):
For a beginning, enjoy these straight photographs of simple things, seen and framed in terms of the long tradition of the Nature Morte, to be enjoyed visually as such. The more you look at them, the more you see.