Still life photography with the original concept (pt1)

With the main character is not human, animal or landscape but things seemed inanimate, still life photography has brought them to the frame with a vitality and a way of campaigning in particular, plays a particularly important role in the field of illustration, advertising and art photography. Let learn about different types of photography are light!

Still life photography is a type of photography focusing on the main object is the immobile objects, typical and most common is a group of small objects.

If compared to other forms such as landscape photography or portraits, still-life photography opens up more creative space for the photographer in the placement of objects, design elements, more freedom turning over in layout and elements to test the structure.


The main characteristics that have made photography become a kind of still life photography diverse, multidimensional, a very specific face, close in an intimate relationship with human life (I can catch the picture stills anywhere: the product catalog pages, illustrations in newspapers and magazines), a left side is somewhat abstract, ambiguity in the experimental art.

Still life photography applied to advertising photography

The birth and development of the still life photography

1. Origins

Such as photography itself inherent starting point as a form of new, more modern tradition of art in visual arts, photography and still life are derived from still-life paintings.
The term “still life” is said to be derived from the phrase “stilleven” in Dutch to refer to particular lines still life flourished throughout Europe during the sixteenth century, the seventeenth.

Plate painting entitled “stilleven” is characterized by an overall mining complex than the type of traditional still life painting has had thousands of years ago, with a diverse collection of objects and more liberal, be put together. The motivation behind the line drawings of this controversy is the expression of a new form of communication, many allegorical subtext rather than merely describing the aims decorative objects. Still life photography can be seen as a continuation look and realistic perspective that exploitation of still-life painting.

2. The birth

In the nineteenth century, in the first days of photography, when the technique of the camera was very primitive, exposure time (exposure times) are measured in minutes rather than seconds, it is difficult for the camera to be able to accurately capture moving moments in the scenery and people. So that the objects estate appear in the first images of man as one might of course.
Born from the objective reasons, still life photographers quickly create a new creative environment for individuals who want to be pioneers in the art experience. During the nineteenth century, still-life photos mostly brought the shadow of the still-life paintings.

3. Development of still life photography as an art form

Go to the first decade of the twentieth century, still-life photography new big step, beyond the point of origin as the test plan to actually comparable to landscape photography and portrait photography as a kind art. The art photographer Baron Adolf de first as Meyer has used soft focus lens (Soft focus lense) and painting techniques dark room to make up the photos is the effect of the drawing or engraving. Fundamentalism prevalent at the time the photos reflect craft approaches, fussy, more subtext to assert photography as a medium of art in particular.

To the second half of the twentieth century, strongly influenced by movements and artistic trends of modernism such as Surrealism (Surrealism), Da da, Cubism (Cubism), …. still-life photographs has simplified approach, following the portrayal of nature, authenticity, focus on the object itself to convey the message rather than the outer layer effects.

So far, along with the relentless leap of technology, still life photography has confirmed his artistic voice with a very personal tone, occupy an increasingly prominent position in art nowadays.

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