Kim Klassen has started a brilliant new series Stills With Stories because well, every still does have a story. Granted, some are more profound than others, yet a story is most certainly in there somewhere (and it doesn’t have to be profound!)
A few weeks ago I wrote about my ladder in Serendipity Part I. It was an amazing find, and an amazing story. It most certainly was not earth shattering, but it was curious, and one of those things that make you go hmmmm … .
It was just plain fun! and who couldn’t use a bit of fun in their life?
So when Kim asked if I’d be interested in co-hosting a brand new hashtag on Instagram about stills with stories, I was thrilled. This tag is a way to celebrate the stories behind our stills, and we’d love to have you join us! To play along, simply tag your photos with @keepingwiththetimes @kimklassen #stillswithstories and every week or so we will share a #stillswithstories feature four.
I didn’t start my photography journey shooting still life, I was into landscapes, birds, and animals. But I adore shooting still life. To me still life is real life is still life.
I’ve always had vignettes set up in my home as part of decorating: the mantel, a cupboard, a coffee table … and now I see them as photo ops … no space is safe. I even see my deck and garden as a real life still life. Vignettes bring order and calm to my surroundings, as well as my mind.
OK, now for the truth … shooting still life is hard work. Let me say that again … it’s hard work.
Especially my food photography since I’m usually cooking at the same time. If you could see the “behind the scenes” on some of my food shoots you would see chaos, and by the end of the day I’m exhausted. However, after a good rest I get up and start all over again. Every.single.day. I get up and do the work. Why? Because I love it. It fills me up.
Still life fills me up. It fills me to overflowing and then I have to share because I have too much. I share my food, I share my images, I share my process, and I share my enthusiasm.
That’s why I’m so excited about this new stills with stories series. If you shoot still life, tell me … what does it do for you?