still life

GLS #2 – All the World’s a Still Life Stage


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I love still life. I really do. A few years ago I studied for a Humanities degree with the Open University…just for fun. I studied History of Art and learned that fine art has a hierarchy of genres. Still life is considered the lowliest genre but there’s something about it which appeals to me over enormous religious and historical statement pieces and magnificent landscapes. It’s the intimacy of it; the careful arrangement of objects which together form a narrative. Why were they chosen? Why were they placed just so? Where is the light coming from? What shadows does it cast and what do they add to the image? Continue Reading →

GLS #1 – Doors ‘n’ Windows

France 200


A door just opened on a street

A door just opened on a street–
I, lost, was passing by–
An instant’s width of warmth disclosed
And wealth, and company.

The door as sudden shut, and I,
I, lost, was passing by,–
Lost doubly, but by contrast most,
Enlightening misery.

Emily Dickinson

Isn’t that a beautiful simple little poem? I discovered Emily Dickinson a few years ago. She was a prolific poet but very shy and only ever had a dozen or so of her verses published in her lifetime. I felt a bit of an affinity with her. Over the years I have taken thousands and thousands of photographs yet rarely had the courage to put them in the public domain. Continue Reading →