A Tribute To The Old Dutch Masters: A Still-Life Art Photo
European still-life paintings in the early 1600s took on a particular look. With muted colors and contrast, the baroque period was full of symbolism, meanings, and was the focus of many painters of that day. Typically, the picture’s lighting was from the left, and the composition was usually in a left-to-right fashion, making the picture very “readable”- almost like a book. This image is a study in the art of still-life, but what you see in the final image, may be a little deceiving. (hint- it’s not Photoshop)
Still-life images are a great way to tell a story, and this picture could tell one. The viewer might imagine the person who sits at this table and what could be important in their life? We can envision maybe a celebration, or the day’s challenges, or even sorrows. What could be happening on this this particular day? The setting, the lighting, the objects used in still-life not only can make pretty images, but make us think on subjects (and people), somewhat deeper.
The final image has a painterly look to it. Printed, the brush strokes will be visible, and be a fantastic piece of art to show in a darker frame.