Seduced By Art – Photography Past and Present
I’m exploring still life images in photography and while there are a number of great examples that immediately come to mind when it comes to painting, (especially Dutch still life), I really need to find who has done what with photography – past and present. This is going to be a long list, but I’ll end up focusing on the ones that inform my work.
I haven’t found any favorites from the early photography, but there’s a lot to choose from – with the beginnings of photography needing long exposures it was the ideal genre for the medium.
A few contemporary favorites from Seduced by Art include:
Ori Gersht: flowers in nitrogen. work informed by traditional still life painting. explores the way a viewer reads a photograph differently than a painting. interested in that extended visual experience.
John Blakemore: flattened images of flowers, informal, uses multiple exposures for depth to layer the notion of growth and decay and the cycle of life and death.
Sam Taylor-Wood: silent time lapse film of a bowl of fruit over a few weeks and growing mould.
Nan Goldin: a few still life images, but noteworthy because there is an immediacy to these pieces.
Sarah Jones: also expands the visual experience as in Gersht. flattens the perspective with flash and black background. flatness mimics pressed flowers tradition. photographs the front and back of the flowers.