London-based photographer Felicity McCabe creates visually enticing still lifes bathed in unusual colour casts. Inspired by the concept of “The Arrow of Time” by Arthur Eddington and Vanitas and 17th century still life paintings, the images reflect McCabe’s excitement and horror in our lack of control over time. For her, the way the banana blackens and how the flesh decays mirrors our own body’s deterioration.
When asked about the unusual colours, she says, “I love colour. There’s a beautiful still life of fruit by Gaugin in the National Gallery in London with amazing pinks and mustards that is always in my head. I’m not bothered if my colours don’t look natural, we all know what colour a banana or a face is, I don’t have to remind anyone. I like colour to be exciting and heightened like when I was a child.” McCabe enhances her colours in post-production and the printing process to create these beautifully eerie images.
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