Celebrating still life photography

Still life photography is not about taking images, it’s about creating images. The art form allows the photographer to have full control over every single detail in the image frame and has therefore always been a very powerful tool of visual communication.

The still life image has been around since the beginning of art itself, but instead of going out of fashion it has thrived with the development of technology, and in a way re-invented itself again and again. In a digital age where we are faced with laptops, tablets and smart phones a certain physical experience has been taken away from us when viewing imagery. Perhaps this is why we’re so attracted to these strong and almost sensory still life images?

Let’s take a moment to celebrate the still life photograph in all its forms and shapes.

Spoonful of syrup.
© Phanie / Alamy Stock Photo
Overhead view of floral arrangement of flowers and vegetables
© Isabella Cassini / Alamy Stock Photo
California red poppies isolated against black background
© Christian Slanec / Alamy Stock Photo
Onions on table
© Snapwire / Alamy Stock Photo
ice cubes
© Iaroslav Danylchenko / Alamy Stock Photo
Capsicum seeds, close up of pepper stalk and seeds
© Imagestopshop / Stockimo / Alamy Stock Photo
overhead view of empty paper coffee cup, lid, empty muffin wrapper, stir stick, white paper bag
© Lori Eanes / Alamy Stock Photo
Old aluminum pan of homemade caramel sauce, served with spoons and sugar cubes over white wooden table
© The Picture Pantry / Alamy Stock Photo
pastel grey and pink silk on white wooden floor with pheasant feather. Image shot 2014. Exact date unknown.
© Cristina Colli / Alamy Stock Photo
Close up of a green Celosia
© deefish / Alamy Stock Photo
side by side drain and drain plug
© Ann Cutting / Alamy Stock Photo
Eyes watching
© itanistock / Stockimo / Alamy Stock Photo
rustic arrangment
© StockFood GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo

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