Posts tagged: still life photography

Dioramas of a Fictional, ‘Dark City’ Have Us Questioning Reality




Photographer Francesco Romoli’s project Dark City was born out of his desire to blur the lines between real and unreal. In creating miniature scenes and dioramas of a fictional city, he constructs a dream-like area where nothing is as it seems, where certainties vanish and definitions are ambiguous.

Heartbreaking Photos Memorialize Photographer’s Long Departed Sister




New York-based photographer Phillip Toledano describes the time following his 9-year-old sister Claudia’s accidental death as a murky one, colored by a fixation with space and the remote celestial bodies that pepper the sky above. For his latest book When I Was Six, he returns to the boy he was then by softly unpacking a box in which his parents had preserved their memories of Claudia, her clothes, her letters, her toys, and other remnants of her life.

Enchanting, Impressionistic Photos of Flowers From Claude Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France


© Chelsea McNamara / Offset


© Chelsea McNamara / Offset

The photographic movement we most often associate with Impressionism is probably Pictorialism, the two aesthetics emerging hand-in-hand at the turn of the 20th century. New York-based photographer Chelsea McNamara has found a way to thoroughly modernize the ethereal world once populated by Claude Monet and Alfred Stieglitz with her utterly enchanting double exposure photographs of the blossoms that now grow in Monet’s own Garden in Giverny, France.

Miniature Versions of the World’s Most Recognizable Photos



At a price tag of $4.3 million, Andreas Gursky’s “Rhine II” is the second most expensive photograph ever sold (the first allegedly sold for $6.5 million). It shows simply the Rhine River, between green banks flowing horizontally across the frame under a gray sky. It was the first shot photographers Adrian Sonderegger and Jojakim Cortis set out to recreate. They would go on to remake in miniature more than a dozen other iconic images—the Tiananmen Square tank man, the Loch Ness monster, Buzz Aldrin’s footprint on the moon—for their groundbreaking project Iconen.

Moments of Detachment and Solitude Captured by Street Photographer Caspar Claasen



For the last few years, Amsterdam-based street photographer Caspar Claasen has been documenting the different sides of solitude, exploring the camera’s ability to isolate and express private moments of detachment experienced by subjects both young and old, human and nonhuman.

‘Forest Punk': Photographer Hunts Down Abandoned Vintage Cars Lost in the Woods


Polisot, France, 2013 – Citroen & Renault, ca. 1928


2012, Bastnäs, Sweden, Ford Prefect, Fors Popular, Ford Taunus


Polisot, France, 2013 – ca. Peugeot, 1928

For Forest Punk, Cologne-based photographer Dieter Klein tracks rust-speckled vintage automobiles into the depths of neglected junkyards and verdant woods, where they have sat, untouched, for decades.

Wistful Photos Capture Leisure Time in Ukraine



Hidropark, the latest project from award-winning German photographer Freya Najade, is a recreational area in Kiev, Ukraine located on two islands in the Dnieper River. She read about the place in a guidebook and after visiting it for the first time returned the following two summers. “I was drawn to the people and activities—the fun fair, the table tennis where the elderly met and socialized, the beach life, the gym where people of all classes and ages trained.”

Raw Photographs Capture the East Village During the Heroin Epidemic of the 1980s

Boy On East 5th Street (4th of July), 1984.

Boy On East 5th Street (4th of July), 1984


Embrace, 1984

When New York City-based photographer Ken Schles lived in the East Village in the 1980s, the neighborhood was, in his words, “like a war zone.” He moved to the area in 1978 at the age of seventeen, and on the other side of the 1980s, he would emerge from the wreckage of the heroin epidemic, the AIDS crisis, and abandoned apartment buildings with his book Invisible City, a time capsule of sorts excavated from a city that no longer exists.

Spring is Coming (Eventually): These Veggie Photos by Randy Harris Have Us Planning Our Garden


© Randy Harris / Offset


© Randy Harris / Offset

Beneath all the snow and ice that blankets much of the planet right now, it’s hard to imagine that in a few three short weeks, winter will be officially over and the budding blossoms of springtime will begin to rear their heads. As early as mid-March, farmers will begin to plant the first of their crops, vegetables like broccoli, carrots, kale, and peas. These delectable garden shots by New York City-based food and travel photographer Randy Harris remind us that on the other side of these grim skies and snowflakes await sun-drenched days spent enjoying fresh salads and grilled produce.

The Favorite Foods of Famous Artists Illustrated with Conceptual Still Life Photos


William Eggleston


Maurizio Cattelan

For Artist’s Palate, New York-based photographer Zachary Zavislak takes imagines what dinner might look like in the households of some of the greatest living artists and designers, constructing still lifes that not only incorporate each visionary’s personal favorite food but also are shot to mimic the aesthetic of his or her life’s work.