Posts Tagged ‘Photography’

Well, I may not have posted a lot lately, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy thinking about my briefs. For this one, it’s all about still life photography. I’ve had several ideas, ranging from photographs that replicate original still life (as in the ones from the paintings from the olden days) to things that used cutlery and eggs. However, about a week and half ago I came across some wine glasses that really caught my eye.

I really like photographing glass. The reflections and shine is something that truly captivates me. I know, it sounds silly, but it does. I’m a sucker for colour and a sucker for glass, so they were the perfect combination as the colours in these glasses were gorgeous. So the “theme”, if you wish, for my shoot is going to be Colour & Glass.

I had a look around to see what type of stuff is out there and these are some of the images that inspired me to have a go at this.

Colin Rycroft - Inspiration Image






I’ve shot a few images using just the glasses and then I decided to try and find drinks or bottles that matched the colours of the glasses. So I did a couple of shots with those in too. The following image shows the small setup I used to get my images. In my house, I lack space… a lot. So I used two soft boxes at both sides of my bed and to diffuse the light even more, I put a plastic storage box on its side on a table on top of the bed and put the items in there. As background, I simply used a roll of lining paper (white wallpaper) which I taped to the top of the box and then rolled out to create an ‘infini wall’ in miniature form. This is one way I use to create a tiny setup which doesn’t require much extra space.




The following are a few of the resulting images from this shoot.











I’d like to experiment some more with this concept, perhaps use liquid or things like that. However, to say I used quite a simple setup, I’m already quite pleased with the resulting shots. I think it’s now more a case of expanding the concept if I can.



Eliot Furness Porter, born in Winnetka, Cook County Illinois, USA in 1901, was an American photographer most known for his colour nature photographs.








Porter was an amateur photographer since being a child. He always photographed Great Spruce Head Island, which was owned by his family. In the 1930’s, Porter was introduced to Adam Ansel by a friend of the family. Around the same time, his brother introduced him to Alfred Stieglitz.


Stieglitz took a liking to Porter’s black and white work and when Stieglitz showed Porter’s work in one his gallery exhibits, it was a great success. So much so, that Porter decided to leave his job at Harvard and pursue photography full-time. It wasn’t until the 1940’s that Porter changed over to colour, the technique he used his entire career and is famous for today.


Porter published several books, which contained nature studies and photographs of ecologically important and culturally significant locations to which Porter travelled during his career. Unfortunately, Porter died in 1990 after which his personal archive was given to the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.

The reason I looked at Porter for my research was mainly a composition reason. He has shot several images of similar composition and subject to what I’m going to try, so I thought it’d be useful to have a look. A lot of Porter’s work seems to be of a wildlife aspect, which isn’t what I’m interested in at all. However, his landscapes are very traditional both in looks as well as technique it seems. Hopefully I can take something away from his work and perhaps use it in my own.

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Rodney Lough Jr. is an American landscape photographer, born in Jacksonville, Florida in 1960.


In 1988 he graduated with a degree in Statistics and Mathematics, after which he had a job as a statistician and mathematician in the corporate world. It was a job he gave up 7 years later to become a full time landscape photographer. Lough Jr. is now famous for his vibrant landscapes, shot from Alaska to the American South-West.


Lough Jr. has received several awards for his images. In 2007 he received  the ‘Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Print Awards – Best Landscape Photographer’ and two years later the ‘Printing Industries of America Award (“Benny” Award) – Best of Category for ‘Art Books (4 or more colors)’ for his book Beyond the Trail.


I decided to look into Lough Jr. because I love the way he plays with shapes, textures and colour in his images. Some images are just amazing when it comes to the vibrancy and the lines and shapes. Not all his images involve the kind of look I’d like to go for in my images, but I’ll be mainly focussing on the traditional landscape shots. In some ways, Lough Jr. reminds me of Joe Cornish. They both use these amazing, almost dream-like colours in their shots. This is probably the reason I like Lough Jr., as Joe Cornish remains one of my favourite landscape photographers. Although it’s winter now and the weather is rather miserable, hopefully I’ll be able to catch a nice winter’s day and shoot some vibrant scenes of my own.


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I’ve also looked at a photographer who I admire very much indeed: Joe Cornish.


Joe Cornish is a British landscape photographer, born in 1958 in Exeter in England, UK. Using mainly 5×4 cameras, he has produced a lot of work for the National Trust and has featured in many magazines such as ‘Amateur Photographer’ and ‘Outdoor Photography’.


Cornish has published several books containing his images. He also teaches landscape photography and owns two galleries in North Yorkshire. His interest in photography started when he was studying art at Reading University. After graduating here he worked for four years as an assistant in London and Washington D.C.


For around a decade he used 35mm and 6×6 film cameras for his shots. In 1995 he started working with a Horseman SW 612 wide-angle camera and a year later he started working with the 5×4 cameras. It allowed him to develop the style that he is famous for today. He used these cameras up until 2008, after which he started to integrate four different digital formats. His love for large format work remains, but according to Cornish “times have changed”.


The way Cornish works is all to do with the landscape. Developing a language of light and form that illuminates the subject, without attracting too much attention to the photographer. This is very visible in his images and it remains at the heart of his mission, according to Cornish.

My personal opinion of Cornish’s work is one of admiration. I love his images. The use of light, the low angles of the shots and the colours are simply amazing. His choice of beautiful landscapes with always something in the foreground is beautiful. These images are a perfect example, when it comes to the colours, of what I want to see in my own images in this project. Where Cornish often photographs scenes of water, I’m going to try and apply all this to the hills and fields of the British landscape. Being captivated by landscape photography myself, Cornish’s work is something I would love to try and emulate in my own images. At this moment in time I think he’s my favourite landscape photographer. I just love these ‘dreamscapes’.


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