Grungy Gritty Still Lifes

Grungy Tool Bench

Grungy Tool Bench

When I hear the words “Still Life” I think of flowers, vases, tea cups and bowls of fruit, none of which are my “cup of tea”!  Yet, during the cold northeast Ohio winter I sometimes want to stay indoors and shoot something along the lines of a still life.  Last year, during a discussion with my photo friend Debra Rozin I realized that I could produce a series of more masculine still lifes and Debra even clued me in to a source of more masculine types of textures that I could add to my photos, .  With this in mind I started to accumulate items that I could use such as rusty tools, oil cans, gears, and other types of
“guy stuff”!

A few weeks ago, Debra, myself and another photo friend, Barbara Pennington, gathered in Barbs basement studio and started shooting some still lifes.  While Debra and Barb were shooting different items under artificial light, I set-up by a window and shot these two photos in natural light.

Folding Ruler

Folding Ruler

Now, when the outside temperature discourages me from venturing outside to shoot some photos, I can pull out my growing collection of gritty “guy stuff” and shoot away producing fine art images that don’t fit the norm for still lifes.

About Kolman Rosenberg

My interest in photography began as a college newspaper and yearbook photographer during the stormy 1960s and 1970s. I was influenced by many of the great photojournalists and documentary photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke-White and other black and white photographers of Life Magazine and the earlier Farm Security Administration. Though many of these photographers documented the horrors of war and the plight of poverty, they also showed me the dignity and adaptability of human beings in their desire to prevail.
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2 Responses to Grungy Gritty Still Lifes

  1. cunningba says:

    The norm for still lifes has always included lots of guy stuff, e.g., trophies of the hunt.

    You can find many similar at CMA.


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