Various - stilllife edition one

You’ll get much better at seeing how light and shadow affect a photograph–how form comes into play, composition, harmony, and on and on. Texture, balance, and color interactions play big parts, too. As you get better and better at shooting great still life subjects, your other photography will improve as well. In other words, it’s not just a bowl of fruit. It’s a terrific training ground. Actually that’s why so many of history’s master artists did so many still life paintings.

Common vanitas symbols include skulls, which are a reminder of the certainty of death; rotten fruit (decay); bubbles (the brevity of life and suddenness of death); smoke, watches, and hourglasses (the brevity of life); and musical instruments (brevity and the ephemeral nature of life). Fruit, flowers and butterflies can be interpreted in the same way, and a peeled lemon was, like life, attractive to look at but bitter to taste. Art historians debate how much, and how seriously, the vanitas theme is implied in still-life paintings without explicit imagery such as a skull. As in much moralistic genre painting, the enjoyment evoked by the sensuous depiction of the subject is in a certain conflict with the moralistic message.

Although paintings of objects have been in existence since ancient Egypt and Greece, still life painting as a unique art form originated in post-Renaissance Western art. In ancient Egypt, people painted objects and food in tombs and temples as offerings to the gods and for the afterlife. These paintings were flat, graphic representations of the object, typical of Egyptian painting. The ancient Greeks also incorporated still life paintings in their vases, wall paintings, and mosaics, such as those discovered at Pompeii.

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