I remember the first time I really saw a Dutch still life painting in my art history course in college. I’d seen the vivid, realistic details documented in the soft light in these paintings before, but I had never realized how thoughtful each and every detail really was until that class. The still lifes represented a larger shift in European artwork, and little clues were left behind in the paintings.
Over the past few months I’ve seen many still life photographs being uploaded in the Your Shot community, which gave me the idea of running this assignment. The resulting final story is a collection of still lifes ranging in inspiration from Dutch painting to modern interpretations of scenes we might see in our everyday lives.
A still life is trickier to photograph than one might expect. I love how these 20 photographers interpreted the assignment and either constructed or documented their photographs to share here with us. As with any photograph, start by following the light, and then keep still.