sun 2 on Flickr.
A Year of Photography #5
In June, I began to experiment with still life. But it was really an experiment about light. I had been wandering around the Frick in New York, and I put to myself a question—can you create, in a photograph, the light you see in a classic Dutch renaissance painting? The answer, of course, is no. But you can create interesting light. And the exercise taught me something important, I think, about still life. It is not about fruit, flowers, cheese. It’s about light. The fruit, the flowers, they are there so that light can illuminate them. They are there to alter the space around them.
To make this, I borrowed Mari’s piano lamp, and wrapped one of her scarfs around it, as a diffuser. She took the lamp back. Which is a good thing because she is working her way through some Bach as I write this. So I went to Home Depot and bought a small lamp and about fifteen bulbs to try to create the light I created here. Shhhh! I kept the scarf.